If you are a mom of little children, I know you are weary. But I wonder if you might, for just a moment, imagine what it will be like when your littles are big.

Oh, I know you long for that day and the freedom you imagine it will afford. And yes, there are new-found freedoms when our children are older, but you will also find that you yearn for the special moments of their early years.

For some strange reason, as I sit here, I have been swept up in a wave of longing … for the old familiar, for the sweet memories of days gone by. Uncomplicated, sweet, daily, seemingly inconsequential and un-magnificent little wisps of wonder with little ones that can easily go unappreciated. Memories like:

  • 1. Sweet sleeping noises over an intercom.
  • 2. Nightly baths and the “get ready for bed” togetherness routine.
  • 3. Creating masterpieces with sidewalk chalk.
  • 4. Reading the same book over and over and over and over and over.
  • 5. That wee little face that lights up when I walk into a room.
  • 6. “Can I have a glass of water?” (Really, I miss it!)
  • 7. Waking up to someone crawling in bed with us.
  • 8. Matchbox cars being driven up my legs and parked on my belly.
  • 9. Having dozens of hair bows lovingly placed in my hair.
  • 10. Joining in on a pots and pans band!
  • 11. Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • 12. Washing their hair.
  • 13. Blowing bubbles … lots and lots of bubbles.
  • 14. Frequently-lavished butterfly kisses, accompanied by a very close up, soft, ear tickling whisper: “I love you so so much, Mama!”
  • 15. Going on long walks while dodging a big wheel and a small bike.
  • 16. Washing tiny dishes.
  • 17. Having little forks and spoons in the cutlery drawer.
  • 18. Sippy cups.
  • 19. Working puzzles … lots of puzzles.
  • 20. Coloring.
  • 21. Playing hide and go seek.
  • 22. Bringing home stacks of books from the library.
  • 23. Being told how “adorable” my children are.
  • 24. Washing and folding tiny little socks, shorts, shirts, blankies – all of it, really.
  • 25. Hearing nightly “Now I lay me down to sleep…”
  • 26. Cuddling on the couch and watching Tom and Jerry cartoons.
  • 27. Building towers tall.
  • 28. Little hands trying hard to tie little shoes.
  • 29. Shrieks when Daddy pulls into the driveway.
  • 30. Messy beds that can’t quite be made up just right.
  • 31. “Mom, can we snuggle?”
  • 32. Playing peek a boo, repeatedly!
  • 33. Messy linen closets.
  • 34. Arts and crafts.
  • 35. After doing our errands, going to the toy store – just for fun!
  • 36. Kissing boo boos.
  • 37. Hearing, “I did it by my big self!”
  • 38. Little hands folded in prayer.
  • 39. Cherub lips that freely give kisses.
  • 40. Belly laughs and endless giggles.
  • Heavy sigh.
  • Moms … enjoy every moment and be filled with gratitude for the gift of mom life.

We really do have the best ever fringe benefits!

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