Sometimes it's easy to look at raising kids like a check list of life skills.
Sleeping through the night. Check. Times eight.
Eating solids. Check. Times eight.
Walking. Check. Times eight.
Potty training. Check. Times eight (and never ever again, thankyouverymuch).
Swimming. Reading. Riding a bike... Check. Check. And check.
The other day the Coach and I were outside watching Little Man ride his bike up and down the hill in front of the house. When did this happen, I asked the Coach, how did he get so BIG? It wasn't even one of the SMALL bikes? ((sniff))
As they get older, it becomes...
Driving. Check. Times four (almost).
Overseas Travel without parents. Check. Times three.
College. Check. Times two (in progress).
It feels this way sometimes. Passing milestones like mile markers on the turnpike going 75 miles an hour. It's flying. I don't even have time to put the pictures in albums.
But then Little Man brought home an assignment to draw a diagram of his room (to learn North, South, East and West). He told the teacher he wasn't sure if he should draw it messy or clean (what??). And then proceeded to tell me he wasn't sure what shape to draw his room because he never sees the floor.
On the other hand, we are parenting individuals. Who are each completely unique. Who will do things differently at different times and in different ways. Which means it is NEVER boring. And thank you, Lord, for second graders. And 15 year old chauffeurs. And 11th birthdays. And college kids who text their mom (hint).
I'm also thankful that the Coach whispered in my ear as he kissed me goodbye this morning (after all of the stories about me leaving them and Little Man's chronicle of his messy room to his teacher)... "You're a wonderful mom."
I'm not so certain.
But what would I do without him? Or our troops? (Even if I do forget them now and then. Ha!)