This week’s prompt is: WHEN
Like a lot of people, I find myself dreaming a lot more about the future than I do spending the time appreciating what’s happening around me now.
when this happens… I will…
There was a lot of “when I turn 21…” “when I turn 25…” “when I turn 40…”
And now I find myself having to stop thinking about my son’s life the same way. His life changes so quickly, and I need to stop myself to savor what he’s doing now. Because the growth is so fast that if I plan on when something else will happen… I will miss what’s happening around me now.
For example – this week, he finally really got into hugging. Full-force toddler envelopment hugging, complete with saying “hug” as he does it.
It absolutely melts me, and I watch him, amazed that this time last year, he wasn’t walking, was barely talking, and here he is now – expressing himself both physically and verbally at the same time.
My friends with kids told me that I would blink and miss things if I didn’t just kick back and watch it happen. They’re so right. That newborn stage? Gone in a flash. Infant? Seemed to take forever at the time, but same thing… gone in a flash. Now every day he has more vocabulary words and he gets a little braver about exploring the world around him. Sometimes a little too brave, perhaps.
We’ll cross those bridges of “oh god, you’re way too young for that” when we come to them, I suppose.
Hopefully I’ll remember to just enjoy the ride, and stop looking too far ahead on the map.