|FOR THE LOVE OF READING|
I’m sitting here with that lump in my throat. You know it. When you want to cry but you’re trying not to. I think it’s a losing battle. The tears are getting closer and closer.
My son turned ten today. It’s such a wonderful blessing and he is a wonderful, wonderful child. I just gave him a giant good night hug. He didn’t even pull away. I could have stayed there for ten more years.
But he’s growing up. And I feel sad that so much time has already gone by. I thought I had so much more time. And now half of his childhood is gone.
Ten seemed like forever away. But now it’s here.
Ten is a pretty important number. A school year is ten months. A decade is ten years. And both always seem like so much time.
You think: I can wait to do that. I’ll get to it later.
But I’m here to tell you that ten goes by in a moment. And suddenly all of the waiting to do something turns into nothing actually done.
Have I been a good parent these past ten years? I can only hope and pray and keep watching.
And think about the next ten with an urgency I didn’t have before.
We need to approach every ten in our lives with just as much urgency. Ten minutes, ten hours, ten days, ten weeks, ten months in a classroom, in a child’s life, equal up to so much so very fast. There is not a minute to wait. We must not wait for another ten to go by. Not even ten seconds.
Do your best teaching now. Be the best parent you can be. Right now. Because you will blink and ten more will be gone.
Ten years just completely gone. And a tiny baby as tall as your shoulder.
Just like that.
We can all approach life and teaching with the urgency that will give all of our children the best chance to learn every day.
Make the next ten count.
3/19/2015 01:24:13 pm
A moving read for me.... How times goes...a blink of an eye or a fleeting thought. Loved reading this and wish I could have read this while my three were growing up.
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