When No 1 Son was very small and I’d start planning a holiday for the following summer or talk about him starting nursery or school or reaching a milestone my mum would say ‘don’t wish your lives away.’ ‘Don’t be ridiculous,’ I’d scoff, thinking what a silly expression, we had all the time in the world. My boy was only little.
But now as we prepare for another school year, and we’re shopping for shoes as big as boats, and I don’t even know how this happened, how I have this big boy with Hobbit-size feet, I realise what my mum was trying to say.
And I wish, just for a few hours, I could go back in time and have that time again, when my baby was small enough to cradle in my arms. When my toddler would giggle at being tickled. When my little boy would walk with his darling hand clutching mine all the way to school and give me a hug and a big grin when I came through the front door after a day at work. I would hold on to every second and never forget a thing.
I know it’s going to be a relief for some of you when the kids go back to school. When you finally get some time back to yourselves, and you can fall back into a routine.
But take it from me, those precious moments when you are their whole world really do go so quickly. So don’t wish their lives away. Because tomorrow will be here sooner than you think.