Yesterday I dropped my oldest off for his first day of high school. It was a little surreal and it didn’t seem right. Surely not enough time has passed since dropping him off for his first day of kindergarten. Who pressed the fast forward button?
I sat alone for a minute and I could feel the tears starting to well up. The girls were not with me and the three other car lines I have been dreading would have been a welcome distraction. The first day of high school isn’t really sad in itself, but it’s what happens in four years. My firstborn will be graduating and heading off to college, possibly even in another country. This Mom is not ready for that and I am so thankful I still have time left with him at home.
I watched as a good friend moved her daughter to college last week and another friend will be doing the same in a few more weeks. Even though I know that they don’t stay kids forever, it made me realize that the time goes by quickly. This is how it is supposed to be and it is our job to prepare them and then let them go, but it is so bittersweet.
My goal is to make the most of each day and be present in the moment. Today is all we are guaranteed and things like this remind us to slow down and just be with our kids, our husband, our families, our friends.
Just to be present in the moment is all I want to be.