Parenting : One Day I Won’t Be This Small
I won’t always cry, Mummy,
When you leave the room,
and my supermarket tantrums,
Will end too soon.
I won’t always wake, Daddy,
For cuddles through the night,
and one day you will miss,
Having a chocolate face to wipe.
You won’t always wake to find my foot,
Is kicking you out of bed,
Or find me sideways on your pillow,
where you want to lay your head.
You won’t always have to carry me,
In asleep from the car,
Or piggy back me down the road,
When my little legs can’t walk that far.
So cherish every cuddle, remember them all,
One day Mummy, I won’t be this small.
(From ‘My Children Mean Everything To Me‘)
I read the poem above and I just felt … overwhelmed with emotions.
And I think it’s because the line where it says, ‘I won’t always cry, Mummy, when you leave the room’, sounds so familiar to us.
And, the part where it says, ‘You won’t have to carry me … asleep from the car’ also happens to us often too.
I guess I’m just feeling emotional because I know my children will ‘overgrow’ childhood soon.
And as much as I am often annoyed at their frequently whiny requests, bickering and me seeing dirty socks or pyjamas being left on the bed, I think I would one day deeply miss seeing the little mess the kids leave around our home.
I’d miss the silly laughters during our car rides, and even perhaps … the bickering too.
Anya, Vai and Brie,
When you read this post one day,
and when you are all grown up and living away from us,
Know that Mommy and Daddy have always loved you all very much.
How we’ve always treasured spending our days and years with you.
And how we are thankful to God for entrusting all three of you in our care.