As seen on The Hodge Podge Diaries posted 09/06/13
It's been a while since my last post and I think that Mothers everywhere can relate when I explain my apparent absence is due to the madness that comes with the completion of summer holidays.
Can you relate to the feeling?...
The endless days of summer are suddenly numbered and the countless road trips, home improvements, books and promised moments of pause and relaxation fade with the noticeably shorter day light.
This week we celebrated Olivia's first birthday, sent Peyton off to his first day of Grade 1 and Jackson; his first day of preschool.
I am rattled by the speed at which so much can change. Small change- yes but enough change to have me realize the importance of the little moments. Enough change to have me hold hands a little longer, read one more bed time story and do something really, really silly just to hear them giggle.
Another milestone that will take place this weekend is the loss of my family pet; Willow. At 21 years of age; Willow, a tabby cat my sisters and I rescued when I was a little older than Peyton, represents my childhood. She's seen it all; listened to me whisper my dreams into her ear, soaked my tears over a heartbreak and then let my own babes grab her tail and give slobbery kisses. With my youngest sister recently leaving my parents with an empty nest to attend University; we like to think that she knows her job is done and it's ok for her to go. Her passing is just one more thing that has me gripping to my own little world a little tighter, wishing with every ounce of me that it would just slow down a tiny bit...
Today I want to dedicate this post to my own Mother and to all the other Mothers out there who are letting go this "Back to School" season. As you hold your breathe, maybe choke back the tears and watch as your "babies" walk out of the door and into their new lot in life; I pay homage to your strength and your sacrifice. Everything you have worked so hard for; the countless wiped noses, kissed boo boos, tantrums, complaints, endless hours of worry and doubt are all coming to a head in, what seems to be, one day.
Trust in their upbringing-you did your best and watch with pride as they carry the lessons with them into the unknown.
And to Willow; I thank you for reminding me to slow down, hold my babies and live in these short but oh-so-sweet moments that are over sooner than later.
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