I posted this blog yesterday on my other site and thought I would share it with my writing blog readers, as well…it’s more words than photos and it’s my heart this month about my children. Enjoy!
March…in like a lion, out like a lamb. April showers, bring May flowers.
Nursery rhymes we used to sing. Memories faint, but oh, so sweet.
Wesley, you now read to me and I wonder how and when you moved from toddler to boy to almost Kindergarten grad.
And Austin, you will all-too-soon move from daddy’s girl on his toes to daddy’s girl down the aisle.
I’m not rushing you both. You are rushing me. Time goes too fast and I forget.
Forget the smell of baby.
Forget the swell of pride as your first steps teeter-totter across the room.
Forget the way you pronounced your first vowels or lack there of and how it always made me smile. Still does even trying to remember.
And this month, this April of this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past. How fast it’s gone and how much faster it gets.
We said goodbye to your Great-Granny Austin and you both took it in stride, while I cried. She meant more to me than you because I had her longer. Much longer.
The memories I have with her and Granddaddy in that old house on the river shore are mine alone. Together we are making new ones there even though the house is gone. And that is good. Very, very good.
I’m reminded this month how important family is and has always been to me and I pray will always be to you.
We have something not everyone has. We have each other.
You will learn that is not everyone’s truth. And not a blessing to be dismissed, but held tightly to.
Austin, you continue to be the life of this party we are raising on this farm. This month your two favorite words are “ticklish-y” and “trap.” Meaning you like to have your “trap” (aka armpit) rubbed because it feels so “ticklish-y.” Yes, that’s worth remembering.
Wesley, you continue to amaze me with your wisdom beyond your young years. You have also taking a liking to video games about indians and hunting and racing and mama’s having to put limits on the iPad…which you are usually good to obey.
You both continue to play well together, as tonight when you were screaming through the house. Until someone gets hurt, then the screams take on a different tone…and so do mine. Being the perfectly imperfect mother that I am.
And Austin, you are becoming a master of avoiding bedtime. Oh, you get in the bed after we read.
But then you want your back rubbed (and possibly your “trap”),
and then you want more chocolate milk (yes, I give you chocolate milk, don’t judge me),
and then you need to use the bathroom,
and then you want your sheet put on you,
and then you want your sheet taken off of you,
and then you want to change into your other gown,
and then you want to take the gown off and put on your other pajamas,
and then you want your fan on,
and then you want your fan off,
and then you want your little plastic dollar store lantern to put in the bed with you,
and then you need me to take it away.
These are not exaggerations. They happen every. single. night. I’m as tired writing them as I get doing them.
And Wesley, you tolerate so well, as I go back and forth from his room upstairs to get you situated downstairs.
And I lose my patience. And you love me still.
And then you give me super-duper tight hugs and big kisses with your little hands cupping my face. And I melt.
And then get you your third cup of chocolate milk. And I wait for you to drink it and then we say good night. For good.
Until you wake up at 3am and come get in bed with me and your father. Yes, that’s our nightly ritual. And I want you to know it because maybe you’ll have a child just like you and it will be a great reminder.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and evidently you are a lot like me…says your Pop, my Dad.
I continue to be amazed how much your two little souls have enveloped my own. My life-breath. My babies.
I am still in awe I get to be your mother and God trusted me with you. I don’t take that for granted, or at least I try not to.
We are still working our way into the new skin of stay-at-home-mom, but it’s starting to fit better than before.
Together we will sort it all out and work it all in. I look forward to a summer with you both full of creek time and horse play.
Love always and forever,
**I’m doing this project as part of a blog circle of mothers wanting to document this year in prose and photo for their children. It would so wonderful if you would please take a moment to visit wonderful Kristin as she writes to her children this month…many thanks. 😉