Time seems to be a luxury that is in short supply. The saying “there are not enough hours in the day … ” I feel speaks to every day of my life. I can be sure there is always so much to get done everyday that I will go to bed at night thinking about the uncrossed off items on my “to do” list. I have come to the realization that it is what it is, and I can only do what I can do. Why stress about things that are out of my control, right?
But as a parent, time is always something I wish I could get back and get more of as life goes on. As adults we have accepted how it will be. We will “wash, rinse, and repeat” the cycle of our day-to-day lives. Our kids on the other hand, haven’t been smacked in the face with this dose of reality and all they want from us is time.
It has become ever apparent to me lately that to my son time = love. In total honesty I had help getting to that realization, (thank you mom and my dear friend yoda). Sure! I tell my son every day, multiple times a day “I love you,” and he hears the words and at his own 6 year old level, he knows that my love for him is something of great importance. He knows he loves me and is sure to shower me with “Mommy, I love you” many times a day. In fact it warms my heart when out of the silence in a car ride he pipes up from the back seat and says “mommy, I love you.” But, the time we spend together is the action behind the words that shows my love for him.
It’s Sunday night, and tomorrow we’ll wake up to another busy week of school, work, homework, more work … etc. I am sitting here thinking about our weekend together where we spent alot of time just hanging out; me and my little man. I do my best to cherish the nights we snuggle while watching TV, or our impromptu dance parties in the middle of our dining room because I know that these times are fleeting.
I am happy that I get to spend this time with him, showing him my love with something as simple as my time. We watched cartoons on Friday night, had our traditional Friday night take-out, he discovered filters on Snapchat, had a “movie” night watching Flash on Saturday, and enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the park. I hope he will always want to spend time with me as he grows into a man and realizes the importance of time.
To those of you who need to hear this, you’re doing a great job!