Over the past several weeks, the realization that my life is going to take a drastic change is hitting home. My husband travels three weeks each month, my 18-year-old daughter is heading off to college this fall, and my 15-year-old son will be in charge of a four-wheel vehicle in the all-too-near future. The family meals that we now have 3 or 4 times a week will soon be dinner alone with the dog.
So I find myself relating more and more to the Trace Adkins song “You’re Gonna Miss This.” You’ve probably heard that clichéd phrase a million times, but I really identify with the lyrics these days. You just never know which little moments are going to become treasured memories.
It gently smacked me across the face and made me realize that driving the kids’ carpool is not a chore, but rather a dwindling opportunity to have some rare one-on-one time with my teens. The thought of one more trip to a game or school event should be viewed as a blessing and not a burden. I’ve made a commitment to make the most of this time, eye rolls at my silly mom jokes and gym sock odors included.
Not every conversation has to be deep and emotional, but a simple connection with my soon-to-be-adult children is all I need to brighten my day. Just trying to understand what’s going on in my kids’ heads is enough right now, so don’t forget, it all goes by way too fast! The lesson is clear: to live life to the fullest, you must live in the moment.