Thursday, November 13, 2008

Constant Motion

If you are the person who swiped the remote control in charge of the speed of life, would you kindly remove your finger from the fast forward button?

Lately, it seems that life is just flying by. It must have been just yesterday I was saying that I couldn't believe it was October. And, now? I have no idea where October went. My sister called this weekend to ask if we knew what our Thanksgiving plans were and I laughed.

"You know we don't plan that far ahead!"

"Um...Heather? It's less than three weeks away."

WHAT?

Every Sunday night, I take pause to look at the calendar for the week ahead of me. Each time I look, I realize that the week will go by in a flurry of carpool lines, doctor appointments and grocery store visits and before I know what's hit me, it will be Friday.

I daydream of having slow, lazy days to play board games and puzzles with the kids. Of course, in those dreams, the pantry is always full, the house is always clean and the laundry is all caught up. Alas, this just isn't the way life works.

I'm trying to be more deliberate lately in slowing down and enjoying the small moments with my family. The moments that allow us to laugh and form memories that will stick in our hearts forever.

It's amazing that I have such a longing within me to do this yet, I find it so difficult to let go of the things that won't matter ten years from now. Will my children really remember if the floors were mopped and the toilets clean? Or, will they remember that their Mom used to always sit down on the floor and play Candyland while sharing stories from her own childhood?

Balance is the key to life and I'm in a constant search for it these days. Until I find it, I'm hoping to press the button for Slow Motion so I can savor the moments between now and the day I get it all figured out.

7 comments:

  1. This was so well-written on TOP of being true ... brava, mama. Brava.

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  2. This is so, so, so,very true... and a dilemma that I am positive every mom has faced. It just so happens that today I had a rather busy day with Jane... and then on my way home at around 4:00, I stopped by Audrey's to see her boys. Well, the kids were running, the laundry was piled, the dishes were stacked... and Audrey was trying to get some work done on her laptop at her kitchen table. I asked if I could take her oldest two (ages 3 and 4) to my home... to play with them and to give her a little time to finish things up. Well, you would have thought I brought them to Disney World. We played Chutes and Ladders. I taught William the fundamentals of checkers. We ate crackers right out of the box. Then we played Candy Land on my computer. When my husband came home, he made pancakes for dinner!! When we took them home at around 7:30, they were so happily exhausted! When we got back home, it took me a little while to put all things back in boxes and tidy up... but it was the best day ever! Of course, I am the GRANDMA, not the mom... and it IS easier!!!!

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  3. Very true post. Love it. First time here and I think your blog title is awesome!

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  4. Can someone point that thing my way? Cuz these six months are slowly crawling!

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  5. So true. My little one is now 14 months and I wish I had focused less on the cleaning and errands and more on just being with her and enjoying her as a little tiny baby. Time goes by so fast.

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  6. Such an insightful perspective on the way we live our lives and the lack of lack of appreciation of the most important moments. I really enjoyed reading this :-)

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  7. One of the awesome comments from my mom - The dust will be there tomorrow
    Take that anyway you want but I see it as the house will need dusting FOREVER but my boy won't always be home nor want to be with mom
    Love ya!!

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