Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It Won't Be Like This For Long

There is a country song by Darius Rucker (you know Hootie??? aka Hootie and the Blowfish). It's "It Won't Be Like This For Long". And it's about his daughter growing up. As the song progresses, he goes through those first nights home as an infant and not getting sleep, then off to preschool and those separation anxiety days in the beginning, then growing into a teenager, marriage, etc. The first time I heard it, I just cried and cried. The song is so true!

Just today I made a comment about how quickly the house gets destroyed after I've cleaned it. I followed my complaint by saying, "but it won't be like this for long...soon enough I'll have the quiet and clean house and I'll miss this." And it's true.

My 3rd son, Dylan, graduated from elementary school today. I was prepared to get choked up, I always do where my kids are concerned. My husband took pictures during the ceremony. Every now and then I'd glance over at Jeff and my heart would just melt. How did we come together to make such a wonderful family. And how is our baby boy already going to middle school. It's because time flies. It won't be like this for long.

This afternoon, Dylan has 3 friends over to swim in the pool, eat pizza and loads of junk food, and spend the night. They think they are hot stuff. Big 5th graders, all graduated and headed for middle school. I still look at them as little boys. Wasn't it just yesterday that we had preschool graduation? That I was changing his diapers?

I took the day off work today so I could soak it all in. It may not be like this for long, but I don't want to miss a single second of it while it lasts!



****FYI, Stay Tuned. In the coming weeks I'll be giving away 3 copies of "The Love Dare" in preparation for a devotion that will be running on the Proverbs 31 site very soon (The Love Dare parts 1 and 2). Shortly after that devo runs this blog will be devoted to going through "The Love Dare" for 8 weeks. Details to follow.)


Angie said...

Boy does time fly! And all too soon you will reach the point that they are spending more time away from home or no longer hearing the words.."You're my best" because that's not cool.

You will miss the messed up house or the constant words.."I need your help."

Enjoy every minute of every day because they do grow up too fast!

Nicole Flynn said...

Time does fly by - my daughter just graduated Pre-K. Going to kindergarten. Where did the time go? We just have to enjoy and treasure every moment with them.

I'll be keeping my eyes open for the give away for the Love Dare.

Have a great week!


Stephenie said...

That song gets me every time. I have an 8 and a 9 year old old. It seems like only yesterday I was knee deep in the infant/toddler years. Time flies!

Julie said...

Melissa --

Thanks for that great reminder. I'm preparing for my littlest one to graduate kindergarten .... tears for sure .. since they are planning an adorable performance!! And I know I too will one day miss the girls' things everywhere I turn. I will especially miss all the wonderful artwork !! They are treasures indeed !!

Julie (your WOG sis-in-Christ :) )

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