Today was truly a beautiful day. It was spent with family and friends celebrating life and love. Our day started out with a birthday for our niece, who just turned 1. Which was so fun at the flintriverquarium. The kids had a blast (and quite honestly the adults did too). Then, we went to a birthday party for one of my best friends daughters, who just turned 14.
All of the events really got me thinking about how fast time goes when it comes to children. I mean, in all actuality it goes no faster with them than it does for us, but they just grow up so fast. For instance, it feels like our sweet little chunky monkey niece was just born yesterday. Where in the heck does the time go? Tomorrow she will be a year old!! And my best friends daughter just turned 14. While we have not known each other for that long, we have talked a lot and I feel like I have known her forever. When she told me her daughters birthday was coming up, she said the same thing. “Candice, where did the time go??? She is not supposed to be a teenager.” The fact of the matter is, kids grow up, time doesn’t stop for you to replay the times you missed, and you gotta love those babies every chance you get.
In another moment today, I saw a family friend who is battling breast cancer. She is in the early stages of the fight, but I have no doubt she will make it through as a strong woman and a beautiful story. Her attitude was beautiful and she radiated with hope and love. It got me thinking again though, you never know what’s around the corner. She didn’t wake up and decide she was going to start a struggle for her life against this evil thing called cancer. Nobody knows what will happen to them the next day. Life is too short to sit on the porch and watch it go by.
My son will be 3 years old this year and it feels like I just had him. Life moves too fast and children grow entirely too quickly. I have found myself doing things with the Hudster that I normally wouldn’t do because it would take another 30 minutes, Or because it would cost an extra five bucks. These are the days I can’t get back. These are the days that move too fast. My plan is to enjoy them and make the best of the time I have with my son. Yes, it drives me crazy some time when he says “mommy!!!!” A hundred times in a row and asks me a million questions, but there will come a day when he hits puberty that he will “know everything” and doesn’t want to talk to me, so I will do my best to make new memories and appreciate every moment that I have. I hope you will do the same.