THE LAST TIME – A POEM FOR PARENTS
CHILDREN – THEY GROW UP WAY TOO FAST
As I am nearing my 53rd birthday and my two sons have just celebrated their 24th and 27th birthdays, it is definitely time to reflect on WHERE DID THE TIME GO!!! There are a few “time travel” movies coming out this year and it got me thinking “if I could travel to a place in time when would it be”. At first I thought I’d love to go to a simpler time prior to industrialization, or maybe even into the future, but in the end, I would go to somewhere around 1992 when by sons were 4 and 2 – I would hug them, hold them on my lap, smell them – and not worry that they are late going down for a nap or that my laundry is piling up – because looking back now I know that time goes by far far too quickly. All too soon, they were telling me that I didn’t have to stand with them at the bus stop and didn’t have to kiss them goodbye – oh my heart!!!
This poem says it all – I wish someone would have given me this in 1992.
Last time (this link will take you to a great blog called Baby Center Canada)
From the moment you hold your baby in your arms you will never be the same
You might long for the person you were before
When you had freedom and time
And nothing in particular to worry about
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before
Days will run into days that are exactly the same
Full of feedings and burping
Nappy changes and crying
Whining and fighting
Naps or a lack of naps
It might seem like a never-ending cycle
But don’t forget…
There is a last time for everything
There will come a time when you will feed your baby for the very last time
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child
One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down
And never pick them up that way again
You will scrub their hair in the bath for one last time
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone
They will hold your hand to cross the road
Then will never reach for it again
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this
One afternoon you will sing “the wheels on the bus” and do all the actions
Then never sing them that song again
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face
They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time.
The thing is, you won’t even know it’s the last time
Until there are no more times. And even then, it will take you a while to realise.
So while you are living in these times, remember there are only so many of them and when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.
For one last time.
Just a reminder to all of us to live in the moment!
If you could “Time Travel”, where would you go???