Friday, June 27, 2008

I'm Gonna Miss This











Today, a man from the insurance company came by to assess the damage to Rich's car. And when he was leaving Nicholas was sitting on the door frame of the broken screen door and I said I can't believe the kind of damage kids can cause and he said, yeah kids are hard on houses. He said I noticed your garage door with all the dings the kids caused with their bikes and toys. I immediately felt embarrased and he went on to tell me, he remembered when he replaced his garage door and then his son banged it all up. He said, his son was 24 now, and everytime he pulls into his driveway and sees the garage door it reminds him of his son. And I hate to be all cheesy, but he said yep, you're gonna miss this stuff, when they don't do it anymore.









I know sometimes it's hard to think that I'm gonna miss all these little things my children do that drive me crazy. I don't think I really pay attention to all the details. I mean I see all these great qualities my children have. But most of the time, I only see the bad things they do. Can I say I'll miss hearing my children fight. That I'll miss separating fights, and sorting out arguments. That I'll miss cleaning things over and over again, because the kids mess it up. I hope I don't ever forget the wonderful joy my children bring me. When their faces light up when they see I made blueberry pancakes for breakfast. Or the looks they get on their faces when they accomplish something big. When I look at them and see these beautiful gifts that God has given me, words just can't describe the feelings that I feel. I think next time the kids are fighting and yelling at each other, I'm not going make them stop, I think I'll just take a good look around and relish in every minute.









Kids grow so quickly, and time goes by so fast and I don't want to look back on my life and not see this. I want to remember how I felt when my children came to me with their boo boos. I want to remember them asking me a million "why" questions a day. The way little arms feel when they wrap around you for a hug. I want to remember seeing them tie their shoes for the first time by themselves. Hearing them sing all their silly songs. I want to remember the way they smell after taking a bath, and holding that little one on my lap for one last cuddle before bed. I want to remember rocking my babies to sleep and after they had fallen asleep, the way they snuggled into my chest, feeling safe and warm. The little giggles and all the laughter and I want to cherish every single memory they give me.









You're Gonna Miss This

She was staring out the window of their SUV
Complaining, saying "I can't wait to turn 18"
She said "I'll make my own money, and I'll make my own rules"
Mamma put the car in park out there in front of the school
Then she kissed her head and said "I was just like you"

You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this

Before she knows it she's a brand new bride
In a one-bedroom apartment, and her daddy stops by
He tells her "It's a nice place"
She says "It'll do for now"
Starts talking about babies and buying a house
Daddy shakes his head and says "Baby, just slow down"

Cause you're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this

Five years later there's a plumber workin' on the water heater
Dog's barkin', phone's ringin'
One kid's cryin', one kid's screamin'
And she keeps apologizin'
He says "They don't bother me.
I've got 2 babies of my own.
One's 36, one's 23.
Huh, it's hard to believe, but...

You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this"







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