Thursday was a warm sunny day here and somehow the "to-do" list was fading into "done" and there was something tugging at me- quietly but none the less steady. I pulled myself away from the "wedding room"- where everything from serving pieces to tulle fairy skirts are being stored until the BIG day- just 5 days from now!
I walked outside looking for my two teenagers feeling almost uneasy- they were always right around me talking and asking questions - you know how kids are. I suddenly realied that it had been probably an hour since I had heard or seen either of them. As I walked out onto the patio I saw them - laying on the trampoline talking. Not arguing or wrestling just talking.
I just stood there and admired them thinking about how very soon this relationship would be forever changed.
I recorded it in my mind to think about in the future.
Then impulsivly I shed my cell phone and walked the short distance to the pond- I dare not disturb those kids- I wanted them to have this time together.
I sat in my chair looking out over the paradise that God had given us to live and just marvelled at the sheer multitude of life that had happened on this piece of ground.
Five kids have grown up here and now the fouth one will be leaving. I realized that I was witnessing the last moments of free-spirited fun-loving childhood of at least one of them. I had been priviledged to have this moment with each of them- but I can honestly say that being older helped me stop- and let it soak in.
Both kids came running up a few minutes later and before I knew it Sara was on the rope swing ready to finalize the moment in a big way!I resisted the urge to just sit and I RAN- YES I RAN to get my camera- just in case my memory fails me!!!
They only swa a few minutes but the laughed and swam and I will not forget childhood.
I will always remember what the last few minutes of childhood look like!