The Days are Long, But the Years are Short

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There’ve been days in this motherhood gig which seemed really long. Somewhere in the midst of childbearing, I had three babies in three years. When hubs and I finally realized that we were SOOOOO relieved! No wonder we felt tired and worn out. It wasn’t old age, after all. Just a very full life.

My guys pictured above were three years younger than they are now. Those three years have passed like the blink of an eye. How did that happen?

Gretchen Rubin is so right when she says, “The days are long, but the years are short.” You probably don’t have to look far to be reminded of this. I don’t.

FishChick 4’s losing any chubbiness she once had. FishChick2 has grown hair long enough to braid. FishBoy14 is now almost a head taller than me. When did this happen?

But, just in case you need a poignant reminder of the passing of the years, watch Gretchen’s video and remember to hug your peeps today, look long into their eyes, and drink this cup of motherhood dry.

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  1. That Gretchen Rubin phrase has been one of my favorites for years too. It encapsulates parenthood so perfectly, lol! There’s a pang in my heart when I read that your son is a head taller than you – I have two boys so the moment my oldest is taller than me is really going to be something to remember.

    Have a fabulous day!!!

  2. This video was wonderful and especially important for me today…tomorrow my son and I head BACK TO SCHOOL…He begins 4th grade and I am back to the trenches as an ever-so-glam cafeteria lady… Then there’s my SECOND job that I work that he is usually carted off to with me at our church nursery…however, now that he is a breath away from 10, he can stay home alone for a bit and wait for dad to come home from work…so we don’t have to be together… He’s so happy… and I’m kinda sad… He’s growing up… then there’s Tae Kwon Do lessons… he doesn’t need us there..he has his buddies… And baseball starts next week… again…he’s on the field with pals…we just sit in the stands… He’s growing up… and needing us less… and as I write this now, I”m looking at the clock wondering what time he’ll be coming home from the sleep over he was at last night… The house was quiet and empty last night…

    Yes… the days are long… but the years are short… the time is so sweet… it needs to be savored.

    God Bless.

    1. A friend whose kids are grown reminded me that they’ll need us more not less as they enter the teen years. But, on their terms, so be prepared to drop everything when your son wants to talk. I hold that close and remember it.

  3. Thanks for this. Baby # 4 is just 12 days old, and with an 18 mo th old, 3 year old and 6 year old, my days are quite full! But since DH and I are prayerfully considering whether this will be our last baby, I am trying to enjoy every day, not wish for him to outgrow these difficult days. It is very important for us all to remember that the journey is what prepares us for our destination.