The Last Time
People always say how fast life goes by and as a parent I am always torn between wanting my kids to stay little and wanting them to grow up into confident and courageous women!
Chatting with my Mum about growing up and who we have become she has also felt that divide. She definitely raised us to be independent but I think on the inside we became a little too independent as we got on and did things in life on our own.
I don’t want life to go by without soaking in as many of the moments with my kids as possible. It isn’t always the big things that we miss, the little everyday things that we do for our kids mean so much and as they grow the list of things we can do for them gets smaller or changes. There will be a last time to help them put on their shoes, doing their hair, helping them with the buttons on their clothes and so on. The worst thing is, that last moment creeps up on us without us even realising it and then the moment is gone. How long before we realise that it was the last time?
I watched my youngest try on her uniform for school and checking that it fits this morning and I welled up thinking of how she has grown. We had the opportunity to take our time and practice doing the buttons up and getting our tie on, I thought this is the chance to soak it in and capture the memory as once it all begins in September it will so often be a rush and we end up telling them for the 100th time to get their shoes on or find their tie while we put the last of the lunch together or get a mouthful of breakfast.(#notaperfectlife!) I am so glad I captured those little fingers doing buttons and half putting on a sock, then flopping it around until asking for help.
I will miss these little moments as the kids grow but excited to see the strong independent women we are raising!