Be still my heart.
This is the Last First Day.
My oldest is a senior in high school. Lord, hold me.
How did we get from this:
It seems impossible yet it’s happening all around me. Kids are growing up.
Last night I went up to Natalie’s room to tuck her in. Yes, I still like to tuck her in. That’s normal, right? If not, don’t tell me. It just so happened that the other kids followed me last night. That’s totally normal too, right? Is it also normal that I made her lunch today and I might have suggested some cute earrings and a ponytail? SHE IS ALMOST EIGHTEEN. You guys…I cannot cut the cord. I cannot stop. Seriously, send help.
So there we are, all three kids and mom, snuggling in her bed, tucking her in. As a mom, I was in heaven. ALL MY BABIES WITH ME. You guys…I could not help it. I started crying and talking about when she was young and how much I love her and all the feelings and thoughts. She smiled and patted me, “It’s okay Mom.” “I know Mom.” “Don’t worry, Mom.”
We talked about how it’s the last of the family years. You know, the ones you look back on and say, “Remember when…” Those memories of all the kids in the house, of all the chaos and the mess and the laughter. I just kept going on and on. I think they were just stunned, staring at me and murmuring, “It’s going to be okay Mom”. But yet, they didn’t leave. They didn’t run out or tell me I’m lame or look at their phones. They listened. They let me have my moment. And then a miracle happened. They let me pray. For them. For me. For dad. For all the moms and kids and teachers and all the world. Amen.
Everything is changing.
But not yet.
We’ve got this year.
I keep reminding myself that with endings come new beginnings and I love new beginnings. I remember so vividly when it was just me and Natalie during the early days when her Dad went to work and the others weren’t born yet. Just us. I made mistakes with her. I was lost and confused and usually clueless and she stuck with me. She didn’t have a choice of course. Where was she going to go? Plus she didn’t know all mothers didn’t cut grapes into quarters because they were afraid of choking and she didn’t know or care if our house was messy or if I was messy. I pushed her in the stroller and I took her to the park and I read books to her and we met friends together. We were figuring it out. I can’t help but think she has a different understanding of me…one only the oldest child can have…from the days when it was just us and we were together in that new beginning. She was so trusting. Can you stand it? I mean, aren’t you just so HONORED to be in this? I’m in awe of this motherhood thing.
Crying again…gotta go.
Praying for all you moms who are feeling all the feelings today. Let’s vow to treasure the gift of our kids…whenever and however we can for as long as we can.
These are the days we will remember.
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