Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I Think I May Have Proposed This Law Once Before

There should be a law. How many times have you heard that expressed? We see some problem, something we think should be changed, and we instantly react with, "There should be a law!" Well, I'm proposing this one.

I'm a bit older that most of my readers. Hubby and I have kids, grandkids and greats! We love each and every one of them and pray that life will go well for them in all respects.

But we miss our kids. Not that we don't see them, because we do, often. But we miss our kids...when they were little...when they were toddlers or babies. We miss the days of their first sweetness.

So here is my suggestion. Mothers (and dads) should join together to petition Congress to pass a law (as if we need any more laws on the books!!!) that once a year, for 24 hours, on the day of our choosing, we can have our children back as their sweet toddler self. Oh, how lovely they were to us then. Oh, for another glimpse and another hug! But, no, that is not how God designed time and so we must move on. Time does not reverse nor can we cut, copy and paste time. Nope. Can't be done.

For those of you who are young(er), don't forget to relish the time you have with your children during their young days. They are precious.


Pilgrim Mommy said...

I wish I had appreciated the time more when my daughter was a baby and a toddler. In a blink of an eye, she's a teenager.

Thanks for the reminder to treasure the time we have with our kids.

Laurie M. said...

Every so often I'll stop one of my "kids" (they're 21 & 19) and ask them "What have you done with my baby?! Where are the ringlets and hugs and kisses?"

Oh how I miss those babies! And then I wait to be a grandma..........

Elle Bee said...

You're making me hyperventilate over here! How can I hold on to this time?!!

Gregg said...

I am a dad and not a mom, but what I would give for my four little girls to be those four little girls for one more time.

If I have a regret, it is that I did not maximize my time with my children. I was a work ahohlic (that doesn't look right)addict.

I have tried to make up for it with my grandchildren, but alas now the oldest is 14 and the youngest is almost 10.

Though the are precious to me, and though they don't know how to express their love for us as they really feel it, they don't look at us with those soft warm trusting eyes, hold on to us with soft, gentle, yet fragile trusting fingers, they don't run to us and throw their arms around my neck any more.

Even though it annoys my oldest grandaughter not to be able to text me (I DO NOT TEXT) she will call me weekly to tell me she loves me.

I started a thing with each of the girls when they were around 5 or 6, I would ask them, "What should daddy do with you? (I taught them to say) They would each time I asked, say, "Daddy, keep me and love me." And I would say, "That is what I will do!" We would giggle. My girls know I love them.

I know this but saw it demonstrated in a way I cannot describe three years ago when I went into the hospital for emergency surgery for a thoracotomy and I saw their eyes.

Whitestone - you brought back so many memories with this post. Thank you.

Glenda said...

I'm looking at a photo of my two sons when they were little and thinking of their sweetness! I agree with your advice to young parents. I think of the song that says, "We have this moment to hold in our hands. . ." and another: "Thank God for kids; there's magic in a smile . . ."
Great post!

Tina said...

My baby girl just moved 8 hours away for college. I sure do miss my baby girls (my 3 are 18, 21, and 25). Thankfully my older 2 live close by and I see my 10 mo. old grandson often!

Debby said...

You'd know what they were going to grow up to be, so you could relax about that, and simply love them, instead of worrying about what the future held for them...sounds great to me. Where do I sign that petition?

Kelly said...

Yes, there are moments I wouldn't mind revisiting. Only if I could fast-forward back to where we are now, though. There are definitely some periods I wouldn't want to live through again!!

Linda said...

A friend of mine and I were talking today at VBS. We each have toddler grandchildren. We talked of the things we were worried about when our kids were that age-the things that really were not that important. We are both relishing the time we are able to spend with our grandkids now!

yiddle said...

I'd be up for that, as long as you let me wear my pooh footie pajamas, make me some molasses milk and read me Peter Rabbit.

love you mommy :)

WhiteStone said...

Oh! Molasses Milk! And Peter Rabbit! And Pooh footie jammies! Yes, You definitely may! Love you, too, Sweet Daughter!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'd vote for it... right about now I'd take a cuddle in my lap over packing two of them for college.

Thanks for your prayers. Much better day today for my Amelia.


Chez said...

Beautiful thoughts.
As often happens, we have cause to reflect on our children. I give thanks for the memories.
It distresses me no end to see parents behaving badly in the shopping centres. Children being verbally, and even physically, abused, on occasions.
My youngest child [will always be 'MY BABY'] was killed in a tragic motor vehicle accident just 5 days after his 24th birthday.
I feel blessed to have spoken to him on the morning of the accident. There was much fun and laughter and the last words I spoke to him before he entered Eternal Life were 'Love you Sunshine'
I'm with you on this one.

Denise said...

Looking for the LIKE button! LOL

supplies overflowing! said...

hi! I haven't been around in a while, but I have been thinking of you.
This is a something that I have said over and over. I would love to have my four children (who are now 20, 20, 23, 27)at the age of 18 months for one day- all in the same day. To love, and hug, and squeeze, to feed them, read to them and listen to their chatter. Of course, I wouldn't do any laundry or housework- I wouldn't even cook dinner that night. I would just observe them and marvel at their abilities- in between the loving and hugging, etc!
Wishing you the best!