As I walked the Munchkin into school last week for the start of her 3rd grade, I couldn’t help but feel overcome with emotion. I glanced to the mother next to me, our eyes connected, and we both confirmed each other’s thoughts….
“Where has the time gone??”
It seems like it was only yesterday that I was dropping her off at Kindergarten; she was holding my hand tightly, with tears in her eyes, asking me to stay. But, now, as I watch her walk confidently through the doors of her school, I marvel at this brave and exceptional little human.
Though, don’t get me wrong, I know she is not perfect. Her hearing is, more often than not, highly selective. And don’t even get me started on shopping with her and being asked to purchase everything her little eyes land on.
However, I know these moments with her are numbered, and there will be a day soon when she will no longer wants to hold my hand. When cuddling with Mom on a Friday night won’t be so cool, she will stop sneaking into my bed in the middle of the night, and her promise to never ever EVER move away from me will eventually be broken.
I understand it is life and this will be my reality before I know it.
I remember her as a baby I was so excited to get to the next stage, crawling, walking, talking and now as I held her little face in my hands to say goodbye…I just wanted time to freeze.
Being a parent is a complex bag of emotions, I am excited to watch the person she will become, I want her to go off on her own and be successful. Simultaneously, the desire to have her stay my little Munchkin is equally as strong.
But for these precious moments....I will take in every last second….
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