My babies are no longer babies, actually they haven't been babies in a looooong time, but today it hit me really hard, my children are growing up right before my eyes and it is happening way too quickly for my liking.
This morning was the Awards and Graduation ceremony for Ben, he's no longer in elementary school, he is now a middle school er. As the reality hit me that come August, Victoria will be a senior in H/S, Ben will be a Freshman in Middle school and Reagan will be off to kindergarten,the tears starting pricking the back of my eyes, the lump formed in my throat and my nostrils started flaring a little as I fought back the tears that wanted to fall.
I feel so blessed to have 3 wonderful healthy children who are growing and doing all that they should be doing at these ages, but at the same time I find myself mourning the little ones they once were. When I wave Reagan off to school on that first day of kindergarten it will be the first time in 17 years that I won't have a child at home with me during the day. Thinking about it gives me a sense of both emptiness and fulfillment, I've done my job and I've done it well, now it's onto the next chapter, I'll always be their Mom, but now I need to reinvent Penny, wonder who she turns out to being, hmmmm ;-)
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