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Monday, July 18, 2011

Don't Blink

I remember when my cousin, Stephen, was born. It was the summer in between 4th and 5th grade. Babies fascinated me and I grabbed any chance I could to hold anyone's baby. This weekend, that baby boy that fascinated me 19 years ago held my baby boy as we celebrated Stephen's graduation from high school. And 18 years from now, when we celebrate Brennan's high school graduation and Stephen has kids of his own, I'll look back on this weekend and wonder where the time went. In fact, on Sunday, we celebrated the opposite end of the schooling spectrum when we went to Cate's preschool to meet her teachers and classmates for this coming school year.

The Kenny Chesney song, Don't Blink, appropriately comes to mind.
Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink
I've really been making a conscious effort lately to be "in the moment" or simply "present." I used to be one who analyzed the past in order to better my future. And while it's important to learn from past mistakes lest you repeat them, I also think it's important to not dwell on moments gone by or yet to come so much that your focus on the present gets blurred.

Because spending too much time in any time but the present one might mean you'll blink and miss it all. And I don't want to miss it. ~Melody :-)


Emily said...

1. I LOVE those shirts your kiddos are wearing. I was just telling Jason that I saw them at Target today and thought they were adorable!
2. I think that is an extremely appropriate song for all parents. Because it's so true. Where is the time going?
3. Preschool all ready? Wow! Cate is turning into a big girl so quickly.
4. I can't get over how much they look alike. Everytime you post pictures of those two together I'm amazed at how similar they look.


Aunt B and 3 said...

so my sweet Mel,
I allow my busy-self 15 minutes of early a.m. fb time and was just about to sign-off when I reached your post. How precious and touching to see OUR handsome young fellas side by side. I will tell you in total honesty, I would go back and do it all over again! You and Eric are so blessed to be right here right now in the very palm of God's hand raising your children under His watchful and protective eye. Lean in and enjoy!
Love G.Aunt B.

Confessions From A Work-At-Home Mom said...

The song that gets me every time is Darius Rucker's (yes, from Hootie and the Blowfish fame) "It Won't Be Like This For Long." Read these lyrics, and TRY not to cry...

He didn't have to wake up
He'd been up all night
Layin’ there in bed listenin’
To his new born baby cry
He makes a pot of coffee
He splashes water on his face
His wife gives him a kiss and says
It gonna be OK

It won’t be like this for long
One day we'll look back laughin’
At the week we brought her home
This phase is gonna fly by
So baby just hold on
‘Cause it won't be like this for long

Four years later ‘bout 4:30
She's crawling in their bed
And when he drops her off at preschool
She's clinging to his leg
The teacher peels her off of him
He says what can I do
She says now don't you worry
This’ll only last a week or two

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon you'll drop her off
And she won’t even know you're gone
This phase is gonna fly by
If you can just hold on
It won’t be like this for long

Some day soon she'll be a teenager
And at times he'll think she hates him
Then he'll walk her down the aisle
And he'll raise her veil
But right now she's up and cryin’
And the truth is that he don't mind
As he kisses her good night
And she says her prayers

He lays down there beside her
‘Til her eyes are finally closed
And just watchin’ her it breaks his heart
Cause he already knows

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be
All grown up and gone
Yeah, this phase is gonna fly by
So, he's tryin’ to hold on
‘Cause it won’t be like this for long