They grow so fast, kids. And you quickly realize the age they are now is the best age they’ve ever been. They marvel, they question, they infuriate and they grow. God, do they grow.
As they march into the ages of 11, 12 and 13 your life as a parent is rocked. They may still hold your hand a time, but they are reaching with their other for freedom, for a world beyond you. And you prepare to let go.
Cherish the little moments. Relish in every second they choose to spend with you, it won’t last; it never does.
If they rest their head on your shoulder while watching TV, breathe it in. They will one day lift it, and your shoulder will never know it’s company again.
Life is busy, and we are selfish, thinking ‘tomorrow. we will spend time tomorrow.” When you put off your child to tomorrow, what they hear is ‘I’m not important enough”, and let me remind you tomorrow never comes. We are promised nothing but this moment. Make the most of it.
5 years from now, your friends will still text you, the Packers will still play on Sundays and the house work will still need to be tended to. Your child though, will be an adult, one who was formed by the decisions you made and the actions you took.
If you’re lucky, you’ve parented in a way that will give you the privilege of being a friend down the road, so do yourself a favor.
Turn off the game, put down your phone, tune out your technology and dial in to your child. For one morning you will reach for their hand, and they will be gone.