It’s 5:05 AM, I’m eating chocolate chip Pop-Tarts, drinking coffee, and kicking off my “Slice of Life” writing challenge! Other than just getting started and committing myself to this month-long challenge, I have no goal for this first writing piece. Forgive the ramblings…but again, it IS 5:07 AM.
Last night both of my children performed in their school band concert. I can’t say enough about their school’s band program! My children, who seemingly had no musical talent going into sixth grade, have blossomed into actual musicians! Props to Mrs. R. and Mr. T. at CMS; they know how to take novices and craft them into beautiful musical talents.
As I sat in the front row, I couldn’t help but watch in awe of my son and daughter. Not only was I impressed with the performances, but I kept thinking about how much the boy child and girlie have grown. Out of nowhere, they are like little grownups! Where has the time gone? How can a child be so “kidlike” one minute and so “grownup” the next? It takes me by surprise…bittersweet, too.
Bittersweet because I’m so proud of them, but also because I know those are the fleeting moments that slip away all too quickly. Aside from photographs and videos, how do you hold onto to those moments while giving your kids the freedom to grow and flourish? I’m sure that if my kiddos read this, girlie would roll her eyes and boy child would just smile and shake his head. Ugh.
Sometimes being a parent is truly a blessing and a curse.
Hold onto the blessings, my friends.
Drink another cup of coffee. Eat the damn Pop-Tarts. Have a good day.