Written by Donna McClintock, COO with Children’s Choice Learning Centers, Inc.
We have experienced some crazy weather across our nation this year. This picture of my granddaughters playing in the snow in Dallas was taken just a few weeks ago. Within days, the temperature was back up to 70 and 80 degrees. However, weather isn’t my area of expertise.
I look at this picture and remember with such clarity the day Ava was born almost eight years ago, and it seems like Ella should still be a babe in arms. And Holton, my newest grandchild, is not only walking and running but is also talking and ruling our world.
When Ava walked by us at church on Sunday, my husband gave me a look that only a Poppy can give and said, “She’s going to be a teenager before we know it.” It was a moment and an exchange that we both know all too well. It’s very hard to believe that we are watching our grandchildren grow up so fast. As a mother with three grown children, I remember the day I brought each child home. It seems like only yesterday.
If I could offer just one piece of advice to a mom who still has a child at home, I would encourage her to find a way to stop and cherish something about each day. I would tell her that the memory of caring for her child, even in the wee hours of the night, will one day be a cherished memory and that she will recall the spills, the tantrums, and the nighttime antics with a smile. In just the blink of an eye, all the mundane things that she does over and over every day will be the memories that she holds dearest. Trust me on this.
So, moms … get out that journal, find your video camera, use the camera on your phone, or just write on a notepad and capture as many memories as you can. You will be so grateful that you wrote down the funny things your child said, that you snapped a picture of that silly face, and that you stopped to experience the joy of the moment. Pause … just look around and remember that you will not pass through this moment again. You may have to look diligently at times to find the good or to experience real happiness, but I encourage you to resolve that you will be fully present today so that your tomorrow is not filled with regret.
Trust me on this: As quickly as the snow melts in Dallas, your child will be an adult. You will look at her and see the child she was in the adult beside you. It happens in the blink of an eye. Decide today to make every moment count. You won’t regret it. You can trust me on that, too!