Today my grandson got his first “big boy” haircut. He INSTANTLY went from a baby to a little boy! Even though I love the haircut – it makes me a little sad. He is transitioning into a new phase. He is literally growing up before my eyes! It seems like just yesterday my own little boy (who just turned 30!) was getting his first haircut! Where does the time go. I am happy to say that even though I have lost a lot of “things” i.e. job, house, car, etc. I have gained some real insight to what life is all about. I am trying to convey to my daughter how precious each moment and each new milestone is in your child’s life.
When you break it down it goes like this: You have a newborn for a month, an infant for a year, a toddler for 2 years, a preschooler for 2 years, a child for 5 years, a pre-teen for 3 years, a teenager for 5 years and then they are off! Take care of what you do with those years. They are few, though they may seem like many. And then you will look back and ask yourself – where did it go??
There is a perfect saying in a twelve-step program that can be applied to new and young mothers who are just trying to get through breast-feeding, diapers, tantrums, work, and just trying to juggle all life is throwing at you, and it goes like this: ” Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.” I have read this since I was a young mother myself and it has help me get through some very difficult transitions.
Today I can say I am so very happy to be sharing in my grandchildren’s lives. It has literally changed how I look at life and what I used to call roadblocks are now my stepping stones to reach a higher ground. Savor each moment for the days are long but the years are short.