Could We Just Slow Down?

I was in the kitchen this afternoon along with my daughter, Mary. She commented that the year seemed to be flying by so quickly. Yes!  This year has gone by insanely fast and in a blink the year of 2015 will be over. Could we just slow down a minute?

It has been busy in our home the past several weeks. Four birthdays in November and our Martha Ann celebrated her fourth birthday today.  Christmas decorating and crafting have been in high gear. Add in dentist appointments, grocery shopping, wrapping up a bit of schooling, and well, I think time needs to stand still.  I need to take a breath. Savor these fleeting moments.

January will bring my oldest turning 17. When I speak to my 14 year old son, I have to look up to him. I am finding myself surrounded by some wonderful young adults. But I’m telling you that yesterday I was changing their diapers and chasing them around the yard. Wasn’t I?

At this moment I should be checking items off my to do list. It never seems to get shorter, right? But my mind became distracted. Lydia, 12, came to chat with me before bed and I was struck by how mature she looked. Her mannerisms and vocabulary were not of a little girl but of a young woman. All my well laid plans for this evenings work went out the window. It took my breath. Made me take a moment and think on these things.

I need to make time stand still. Let the laundry sit. Grocery shop tomorrow. Push the pile of books to the side. Savor it. Those moments with my kiddos. Take a moment to slow down. Right now. Today.

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