I hear you, mama. That baby toddling away from the security of your arms-you miss those close snuggles and slobbery kisses. But he’s not really LEAVING, he’s just growing.
I know, I know.
First day of school blues.
Where did the time go? How can you drop that little girl off at the front door and trust that her teacher will take care of her as well as mom? She’s getting older, but she isn’t outside your influence.
Oh my goodness!! Already graduating high school? Moving out and going to college! No more daily chats face-to-face across the kitchen table. No more late night confession sessions.
He’s a young man, pulling away, making big decisions without you, but he’ll be home for Christmas and summer vacation.
For all you mamas lamenting the passage of time and the upheavals it brings I have a word: It’s NOT over.
Your child is still within reach. You can call or text or visit. You can touch his face, hug her neck, hear his voice.
Life is changing but it is still LIFE.
Feeling a little nostalgic for what WAS is perfectly normal. Most of us humans aren’t that fond of change.
But children are ours for a season, not forever.
They are given to us as gifts, not possessions.
For some mamas, like me, it really IS over.
The son I brought home from the hospital, the boy I watched grow and mature into a young man, the confident college graduate I saw drive away to start law school-he is gone.
I can’t call or text or visit him.
I can’t forge a different kind of relationship across the miles or make special arrangements for him to travel home for the holidays.
I can’t make new memories or take new photographs. I can’t hug his neck or hear his voice.
So it’s OK to feel a little sad that things are changing. It’s like moving furniture around in the room-you stub your toe in the dark because things aren’t where they used to be.
But for me, it’s like the house has burned down.
I felt a pinch in my heart every now and then as my children grew and more and more of their lives were spent away from me. But I also celebrated each milestone, made much (and still do) of each achievement.
I didn’t want them to be frozen in time, stuck on a shelf, kept “small”.
Enjoy the time you have with your babies, with your children, with your teens-embrace the growing independent persons they are becoming.
As long as they are walking the earth with you, nothing is OVER, it’s just the beginning of something new.