the days are long, but the years are short

Yesterday my baby Ty graduated from preschool.  Well, he’s not a baby anymore I guess.  

I sat in the audience looking at this little man, so grown up – big and self confident, and I just thought, “No!  Stop!  I’m not ready for this.  It’s all slipping by so quickly!”

Then I looked over at Cooper.  We checked him out of school so he could watch his brother’s program.  Again I think, “This kid!  How did he get so tall!”  He’s almost to my shoulders now.  Wasn’t it just yesterday that Kris and I brought him home from the hospital, and proceeded to freak out that night over how tiny this little creature was and ‘oh my god what have we done’?!?!

I’ve been talking to other moms in the past few weeks about summer vacation, and how it’s quickly approaching.  Everyone, including me, lamenting the fact that the kids won’t be in school all day, and what will we do to fill the time.  Yes, some days are never-ending, and the bickering gets annoying, and I yearn for just 5 minutes alone.   

And yet.

These days don’t last forever.  I sometimes find myself looking towards the future, the big events, vacations, holidays. Not really focusing on “today”.  But it’s the everyday stuff that makes up their childhood and I need to remind myself every so often of that.  To be more present and appreciative of the small moments.  

At the end of the graduation ceremony they had a slideshow with music, and as if I wasn’t already an emotional basket case – these lyrics sent me right over the edge.  

Let them be little ’cause they’re only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

So innocent, a precious soul, you turn around
It’s time to let them go

Sigh.  Parenthood is bittersweet. 

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One response to “the days are long, but the years are short

  1. That’s cool that you let Cooper come out of school to watch Ty. When my mom pulled me out of class early, they were always the best days spent together. 🙂 Go here: http://sugeeandersyn.blogspot.com/2008/07/mickey-mouse-stays-up-late.html

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