We all have probably heard the song “Time Marches On” by country star Tracy Lawrence. Us momma’s know all too well the truth behind that popular saying. Just last week I was having dinner with my two girls and stopped for a minute to really look at them. I was wondering where has time gone? I know, they are only six and almost four, but this phase of my life has flown by.
My typical dinner time consists of me chatting with the girls and Jake about our days. Just the usual, what did you do at school today, what was for lunch, who did you play with ect. Then my brain starts fast tracking to my after dinner routine. Cleaning up the kitchen, getting the girls’ their baths, picking out their clothes for the next day, cleaning up their endless piles of messes.
Well, this night was different. I hit pause. I was looking at their sweet little faces and thought wow, I am a lucky momma! I have two beautiful, healthy happy girls. Nothing else matters! I really need to make the most of the time I have with them.
As a working mom, I often feel guilty about the lack of time I get with them. Sometimes I feel the daycare and school teachers know my kids better than I do! So, I started asking them questions about their thoughts and ideas, rather than just asking about their day. Addison was eating this up. She kept saying mommy ask me something else. I was thinking of anything and everything to ask her. We seriously sat at the table that night for nearly an hour talking about really nothing. And as you know, getting a four and six year old to sit down for ten minutes is a challenge in its self.
Even though we were talking about nothing, I will always cherish that conversation. We were spending time together. That’s what matters most mommas. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are together and cherishing that moment. I sat back and savored that moment. I can still feel that moment now. I tell you, it started to change my typical routine. I am trying to step-back and embrace even the challenging times, because I know it doesn’t last long.