It's funny the amount of time we spend talking about our kids first moments. The first days of school, first steps, first friend, first tooth to come out.....We take pictures, write in baby books(well some do), and make a big deal. Slowly I am starting to realize the first are becoming the last. It's like you blink and the last are gone and you didn't even realize it would be a last.
My favorite phrase of my kids childhood is "babies don't keep". A few weeks ago I was going to eat lunch with the kids at school and it dawned on me that my son is now in middle school. Until that moment it had not hit me that the times of eating lunch at school has probably come and gone with him. We spend so much time of their childhood wishing to get to the next phase and when they get to the next phase, we miss it! Now I have never actually wished the getting to go eat lunch phase would pass but now that it's here it makes me sad.
Twelve is starting to feel different than any other year. They are gaining independence. While I know my job is to raise them to set them free one day. Actually letting go and letting it happen is hard. I guess my message to you is to savor the first and all the in between moments, because when the last comes, you will not know it until its past!
Grace,Grit & Love