Don’t Wish the Time Away

May 16, 2013

I can’t believe we are wrapping up the school year already! Today, Diego and his Kindergarten had a Writer’s Workshop Celebration (be still my heart!). Yes, I cried. I was an emotional mess listening to Diego read the book he wrote and illustrated. When the class all got up to sing a few songs for all the parents, I was a wreck.

I can’t believe Kindergarten is almost over.

Remember when I wrote to you about what I learned while vacationing in Aruba? I skipped one little piece of advice that many, many parents gave us while they admired our three goofy boys. I have been repeating those five little words over and over in my head since then and waiting for the right time to share with you: Don’t wish the time away.

Parenting is hard. It has to be one of the hardest things to do in life. When patience runs outs, when one is sleep deprived, when one has a long “to-do” list and can’t catch a moment to breathe…it is simply easy to say, “I can’t wait til they are a little bit older”. I say to myself all the time, “I want this moment to pass” and “I wan’t it to get easier” (I’m sure it doesn’t! jajaja!).

Watching my oldest today and his friends read their stories, I couldn’t help but think, “Where did the time go???” Jose and I will be married nine years this summer and if I stop to do the math, in another nine, Diego will be 15!!! I can’t wish the time away.

My father has always said, “Dios nos presta los hijos“. He’s right. God is letting us borrow His children. They are only in our homes for a fraction of their life. We only care for them for a blink of our existence. I must remember this next time someone is sick again, next time someone wakes up at 5am and the next time someone refuses to put on his shoes.

Cherish every moment. Don’t wish the time away.


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  • Reply Nina May 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Very timely indeed Betty 🙂 I think I have a better grasp of time with the twins since I have an older son who is growing like crazy before my eyes. Looking at him grow and change makes me realize how quickly it goes, and how the twin babies, however challenging they may be, will only be this small for a tiny period of time. Then they turn 3, 4, 5 and I can’t even think how many years old from there. Will definitely remember this during their next cry-fest 🙂
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    Reply Betty May 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Nina, I have to just keep telling myself! jajaja! Parenting is so freaking hard. And it truly feels like experienced parents wish they could have their kids as babies again! I’m always asking, “really??? and not sleep????” But they say yes. Hmmm.
    Hang in there my friend. I’m always thinking of you! xoxo
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  • Reply Spinning and Closing In July 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

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