Sunday, September 11, 2011

All I Need Right Now

What does the passing of 10 years mean? Of course, with the anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, this thought passed my mind.

When reaching your 10-year high school reunion mark, the years have certainly brought change in your life. How far I've come from high school, you think. Geez. A lifetime was lived in those 10 years, it seems. Life-changing events occur in those years - new jobs, new careers, new loves, new beginnings, the start of trying to make it on your own.

And then, after a while, 10 years can go by, and you think, wasn't that just yesterday?

Like most of the country, I reflected on where I was when 9/11 would forever mean something else.

And, it feels like it was just a snap of the fingers.

Was it really 10 years ago? When I lived in another state, pursued my graduate degrees, before there was even the thought of a child. A lifetime it seems in those 10 years, but it only feels like the blink of an eye.

My boy. My boy grows so fast. The next 1o years will bring elementary school, science fair projects, the first sleepover, and the beginning of...puberty. Gulp.

Will it really go so fast? Will I look back, and it will seem to be the blink of an eye?

Oh, my boy plays right now, on the floor, creating a monster truck arena with a cardboard box and blocks. He is singing the theme to Cat in the Hat. His pants are a little too short because he grows so fast. His hair sticks up in the back, as his hair seems to always do, but he doesn't even care. His skin is still soft with a toddler roundness, the last bit of baby to be left behind.

Mommy?

Hmm?

Look.

I look at this treasure he found on the ground, some un-nameable piece of toy. I look at him and say, "I love you, bubby."

"I love you too, Mommy."

And that is all I need for this one, small moment.


21 comments:

Mommy's Sippy Cup said...

This is so sweet, it brought a tear to my eye. The little moments are flying by, and I feel like I'm trying to hang on.

Losing Brownies said...

10 years does go by very fast. My ten year reunion is this month and my cousin just had a baby on 9/11. In 10 years (on the 20th anniversary) my son will be 10 and I'll be celebrating 20 years out of high school. The first ten years went by quicker than I thought it could and now that I have The Boy time seems to go by even quicker than before. Time slips away so fast.

WhisperingWriter said...

So sweet.

I am not ready to deal with puberty.

Glen said...

yes.
moments :-)

10 years has gone by fast, my wife was very heavily pregnant sat at home watching the events unfold on a small portable TV with the TV repair man who was supposed to be fixing the proper TV. I see my boy now, as he is but a couple of weeks away from his 10th birthday and know exactly how much has changed since then

Natalie said...

I know...9/11 just seems like yesterday not 10 year ago...I can't believe our little ones will be big in the blink of an eye. 10 years seems so far away...but then it's here before you know it!

Jessica said...

It's amazing what can happen in 10 years. So much can change but when you look back it feels like no time has passed.

Eva Gallant said...

Sadly, life goes by very fast! Enjoy the ride! It's over way too quickly.

Shell said...

It seems like a lifetime ago... and yet like it just happened.

I think being able to say that makes me officially old.

blueviolet said...

You made me feel all squishy inside with this. :)

Healthy Mom Project said...

Unfortunately I think it probably will go quickly. Sob. It's a good reminder to make the most of what we have now.

indonesiatooverseas said...

And what are we on the next 10 years? Let's doing only the best now, so we'll get the best to for next-next years. Love.

indonesiatooverseas

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, precious thoughts and feelings.

(Florida) Girl said...

I hear ya. Ten years come and gone. Enjoy every little moment.

Kim said...

What is it they say? The days go by slow; the years go fast. I've noticed, too, how my time with my children is so fleeting! Great post.

mamamash said...

A decade passes in a blink. that's for sure!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

It's amazing how time goes by faster and faster as we age, as we have a family, and as we have little ones to chase after.

When our children look at us with those sweet innocent eyes and willing give affection....oh those are just the sweetest moments EVER!

Deb said...

This captures how I felt and feel about it. Ten years ago, I awakened in my own bedroom in Westwood (for only $380/month! unheard of!), wondering what the hell I was doing in law school and if I'd made the right decision to move down to Los Angeles. I watched the news unfold on a decrepit TV I'd plucked off a lawn down the street and disbelieved. Still, when my mom prompted me to move away from the dangerous big city, I told her, "I'd rather die in Los Angeles than live in Eugene."

Ten years near and far later, I'm grateful to have had the chance to live out these last ten years and see so much joy grow. I wish those lost senselessly on 9/11 (and ever) could have had the chance.

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