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CHILDHOOD – The Last Time

THE LAST TIME – A POEM FOR PARENTS

CHILDREN – THEY GROW UP WAY TOO FAST

Parenting - The Last Poem

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.

The Last Time Poem

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???

Comments on: "CHILDHOOD – The Last Time" (23)

  1. Beautiful heartfelt post Ty for sharing 🙂

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  2. how beautiful and how true!

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    • Thank you and yes it is so true. When we are IN IT, it can be so overwhelming and then all of a sudden we are saying “where did the time go”.

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  3. Thank you so much for the for the follow. God’s blessings to you.

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  4. Hi oh2bhuman. So nice so true. time and tide wait for no man. Thank you for liking my poem Mediums! and for your great comment. Certainly a big question. Peace and Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

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  5. Such a fine offering – Thank You

    and special thanks for following my blog, i appreciate it deeply.

    Best Wishes

    john

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  6. Thank you for following my blog and for this wonderful post! I could have written it – I fell like I didn’t take the time to enjoy my kids enough. Thank heavens I have a second chance with grandchildren (still waiting, though!)

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  7. A lovely, thoughtful poem. Thank you.

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  8. I have already had “lasts” like diapers, car seats, bottles, but many firsts are still ahead. Good reminder to live for now.

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    • Yes an excellent reminder – I’m 53 (sons 24 and 27) and I am very glad that I did enjoy every single “phase” that they went through – but if I would have read this 20 years ago, I may have held them a little tighter and a little longer.

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  9. I have thought this a million times.

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  10. As a mother and grandmother, l found this poem/post to be so very true. It made me start reflecting back on so many things regarding my children and grandchildren, and how things happened and went by so fast and quickly, when l didn’t even know it was. This was truly beautiful and touching.

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    • Oh thank you so much for the lovely comment. Sometimes I wish I could have realized how really fast time goes…those days when I was feeling overwhelmed with running to hockey practice, homework, hockey games, etc. It goes so quickly. I don’t have grandchildren yet, but I will cherish them for sure if I am lucky enough to have them in the future.

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  11. Yes, it’s heartbreaking and so very true. Thank you so much for telling me about this post!

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