This is a picture of three of my older children enjoying some early morning fishing with their dad. These adorable little cherubs are in their twenties now and on the brink of venturing out on their own. Long gone are their cute little pyjamas and dress-up costumes. The fishing rod has been replaced by a newer, more efficient model. I miss their wide-eyed innocence and their soft, kissable cheeks.
I love to watch parents with younger children. They bring back so many memories – most of them good, but some of them make me shake my head and wonder how we managed. Sometimes, young parents will ask me for advice. After longing for the days in that picture, here’s the advice I would give:
- when you think you’ve kissed them enough, kiss them again
- when you think you’ve held them enough, scoop them up and caress them again
- when you think you’ve played enough, get down on the floor and laugh with them again
- you can never say “I love you” enough. Say it again and again and again.
Before you know it, that adorable little toddler with the smooth little chipmunk cheeks and wide-eyed wonder will tower over you. He’ll tell you not to worry because he won’t be out too late.
So, enjoy these days with your little ones. Immerse yourself in their sense of wonder and excitement. One day, you’ll be gazing at your collection of memorable photos and realizing how quickly it all passed.