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  • Diane Mack: Time passes so quickly for moms

  • I wish I could explain to my adult children just how precious time is, with children and family.


    I would tell them that time is priceless. Don’t waste time with frivolous things. Appreciate the time when the kids are still at home, while they are growing. Enjoy when the family is together.

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  • I wish I could explain to my adult children just how precious time is, with children and family.
    I would tell them that time is priceless. Don’t waste time with frivolous things. Appreciate the time when the kids are still at home, while they are growing. Enjoy when the family is together.
    I only wish I could have stopped, or at least delayed, the hands of time. . .
    When I was in the thick of parenting, I wanted time to fly. Sleepless nights with babies, a 16 year old who lost a boyfriend, a basketball tryout which wasn’t successful . . . Yes, those times were the worst and overwhelming.
    However, there were meal times, at the kitchen table, when I wanted the moments to last forever.
    “I passed my algebra test.”
    “Mom, he smiled at me.”
    “I got asked to make the morning announcements.”
    “My PE teacher said I was the best in class.”
    “I’ll take the trash out for you, if you’ll do my job tomorrow.”
    “Yes, you can borrow my shirt.”
    Plus, I wish I could have frozen time during the holiday season.
    It’s a little over a week to Thanksgiving and Christmas is right behind. Time has flown this year, hasn’t it?
    When the kids were young, we would take turns around the Thanksgiving dinner table to express our gratefulness for one thing. I’d hear anything from “I lost my tooth and the tooth fairy brought me a $1”, “Bertha (the high school kids’ car) didn’t break down,” to “I got accepted to the best college.”
    I wish I had written down all of the “thankful’s” mentioned at the Thanksgiving table.
    At the time, I was overwhelmed and wished (really, prayed), I’d just live through the end of the week with seven active kids. However, time went too fast.
    I wish I could bring back the family times, for just one moment.
    Michael Althsuler stated, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
    It sounds like we are in control of our time, more than we know.
    Saturday, Ashley called to tell me it was snowing in Idaho, the kids were playing soccer games, in the snow, and “they drug snow all over the car.”
    Lucky Ashley.
    Jared phoned with the news that Fiona was finally walking . . . in her snow boots in their back yard and what a mess she was.
    I wish I could hug Fiona.
    Adam mentioned it was still warm enough to swim and great news, two of the kids were swimming solo, except Ava who is so stubborn . . .
    Page 2 of 2 - Sweet Ava, I want to hold her.
    Kortney sent two picture texts: one picture of baby Elliott, with a first smile and the second of Camille, with her broken arm.
    I live too far away.
    How, I wish these times would last forever.
    William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania) stated the following “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
    A bit of advice, for over the holidays, slow down and take the time . . .
    Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email Diane at myfamilies@juno.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.
     
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