|First Day for the last two.....so many years ago|
For my decades of mothering, the countdown has begun...the youngest are Sophomores in High School....Life has flown by and watching four young baby boys grow up is bittersweet - and yet...a privilege.
The time has begun to send kids back to school, freshly groomed, new shiny clothes and shoes, and hopefully brand spanking new undies because you never know....
In this day and age, Moms have more to worry about than fashion points to impress the world, they have the dangers of the world weighing on them:
- Mass shootings daily
- Politics of the absurd
- Keeping up with Jones mentality
- Race issues
These worries seem magnified with a daily barage of news....facebook statuses....fear is among us!
We have an epidemic of mental issues affecting our school age kids....anxiety disorders, ADHD, bi-polar and depression.
Families are dysfunctional and defeated. Parents investing in their own lives and not their kids.
Yes, Moms have alot to worry about. The best we can do is love our kids, other people's kids too while praying for them in every aspect of their growing personalities.
(I have begun a series of blogs at My Hometown Faith for the praying Moms & Dads called Pray4kids.)
But....the new school year has begun and we reset our lives to morning rituals of pushing our kids out into this world that seems so scary.
Social Media is full of Happy Moms and Sad Moms!
Some Moms cry for their loss of time with their treasured kids and other Moms are celebrating in the streets dancing their 'back-to-school jam!'
Click for the Happy Dance!
Whatever category you are, I am astounded how quickly the end of school is crashing in to the back to school....such as most of my feeling on my life.
Gone are the days of my youth, of being a new mother, a young Mom and now as the last in the batch of four boys begin their sophomore years in high school, I can see the end of that journey looming closer and closer.
Yes, time is slipping, slipping into the future...but really really FAST.
What can we learn from the speed of which it comes, grab your calendar and learn to slow it down! Choose that part which brings you enrichment and push the trivial appointments aside. Embrace this life with gusto, cherishing those you love around you while you have them. Treasure the innocence of our babies, spend time with them...
And...then, spend more time with them.
Stop busy with a sharp blade of prioritizing!
I love Kevin Hart, the comedian's new motto so I will copy it here....
LIVE LOVE LAUGH!
Now, go have a second cup of coffee, enjoy the quiet of a house void of children. But, remember, those will be the things you will miss the most in the future!
God bless our kids!