Or, I should clarify, a mock-grandmother.
My daughter Gabi is a sophomore and in an Early Childhood Ed class and her assignment last weekend was to bring home a mechanical baby and take care of it for the entire weekend.
Gabi named the baby Liam and, while I was totally excited to have her do this project, Gabi was not so thrilled, especially after Liam proved to be a colicky baby with his days and nights confused 😉
While I found myself joking on Twitter and Facebook with my friends that I had become a “grandmother”, honestly, it wasn’t funny. Somewhere between the cute baby clothes and the sweet baby cry, it suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks…
My kids are REALLY growing up and soon, I could actually become a real grandmother!
While I look forward to spoiling grandchildren (and sending them home), it kills me when I pause to think how quickly time has sped by, often feeling like I’ve blinked one too many times and missed something important.
The truth is, I know I haven’t missed anything. I know I have been there for the wonderful moments in my kids lives as often as I have been there for the sad ones. I know I have made the same impact on their lives that they have made on mine. They have made me the loving, warm, mostly understanding, sometimes silly, always thankful mom that I am and I have made them the incredible, honest, trusting, funny, beautiful souls that they are.
And I’m thankful for every second.
And blessed with the honor to call them my children.
It does make me sad to see them grow up, but I know I’ll be amazed and impressed with the adults they will become.
I know it 🙂
It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. ~Joyce Maynard
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. ~Psalms 127:3-5
Playing along with Grace Alone for Thankful Thursday.