Thursday, August 23, 2012

Time is Relative

On the day that Clare and Danny resumed their school schedule, a friend texted me to see how I was enjoying my "2/3 freedom." This exactly summarizes how I have felt. I was so happy to have them go back to school, but in some ways it highlighted just how far I have to go with Laura.

I know I am not the only parent who tires of hearing about how quickly these days/years pass we parents by. I know. But there really are those days, and hours, that feel interminable. However, a recent trip to Costco (you know, the kind of errand that helps to break up the day and assure peace of mind) highlighted the speed of childhood. A couple of the men who check receipts at the exit are known for using their Sharpies to draw a happy face on the back of the receipt. This particular trip was the first time one was drawn for Laura - and it reminded me of the first time they drew one for Danny. He gleefully pointed to it and said, "Snowman!" which put me, and subsequently him, into gales of laughter. "That's not a snowman!" became one of those silly, happy phrases for me and him. And truly, it does not feel like it happened 4.5 years ago.

Thus I am once again reminded that 3/3 freedom will be mine very soon, so in the meantime I'll put on a happy face (well, most of the time).

1 comment:

Mary Beth said...

Such a cute story Liz! I agree - sometimes it is hard to be in the moment when you are in the thick of 24/7 parenting. Enjoy your 2/3 time!!