So, my little five year old has become obsessed with our photo albums. Now, mind you, I don’t have many albums. In fact, I’m ashamed to admit, that we have three. Yes, I said it. Three.
I can blame many things for my lack of photo albums- the digital age, the expense of keeping up with albums, the time it takes to put them together. However- truth is, I am a procrastinator. Good thing that we have camera phones, or my children may never know what they looked like as babies.
Anyways, back to the matter at hand. Dear sweet daughter came across a photo of herself when she was a baby. Actually, not a photo of her entirely, just a foot. Her foot to be exact. She was super excited to see her foot. So, naturally she declared that we needed to recreate this beautiful moment. “Mom, you need to take another picture of my foot.”
Needless to say, I took the picture. Lucky for me I recently purchased a new camera. My first decent camera in years. And I was more than happy to oblige her little demand.
After the picture was taken and while I was downloading it, It occurred to me that just a few short years ago, she was a baby. Five years ago! Where did the time go?
Recently a friend who gave birth to baby number two and still had a toddler at home said “The days are long but the years are short.” I don’t know what it was about that statement, but it was so profound and I have been pondering it ever since.
It is true. The days are so looong sometimes. But in an instant, our children are a year older. WE are a year older. My wrinkles are a year older! How is this happening?!
I realized that part of my problem is that I have a hard time living in the moment. I am always thinking about everything that I have to accomplish in that particular day and even the next day. This prevents me from living in the moment and enjoying those long days.
Our world has become so fast paced. Everything has become so interconnected. We now have the world at our fingertips. This also means we have our work phones and our electronic “To do” lists at our fingertips too. Are we ever really disconnected from everything and free to just relax and enjoy the moment?
After taking my daughter’s “foot” picture, I realized I needed to make a more concerted effort to live in the moment. I need to enjoy the long days, relish in them and savor every moment with my children. They do grow up so fast. Too fast.
I am so grateful for my family, and I am grateful for little feet. Though I am far from perfect, I have made it my goal to try to live in the moment and enjoy those long day!
Mamas- Hug and kiss your little ones. Enjoy every moment with them. Because the years are indeed short.