I reflect back with joy and gratitude for the years shared and I look forward with excitement for all that lies ahead for our beloved son and beloved daughter as they fly on their own independent journeys through life. I look forward with a twinge of sadness too, as the seasons have come and gone and now, although life is always full of hope and I’m excited, I also acknowledge with tears that the four of us will never quite go back to what we once were.
And why do I tell you this? Why do I share this with you? I share this because although you may feel like your time will never come, one day, you too will be empty nesters and your family that once was, will never quite be the same again. And what is the point of this, to make you feel melancholy, to make you feel a twinge of sadness before your due time? The point is that, you can never get this time back and so my challenge to you is, are you making the most of your children?
The reality is that sometimes we are so busy providing for our children, providing that education, providing the latest gadgets, providing, providing and providing that we forget to actually spend anytime with our children and soon enough they will have gone and what regrets will we have? Our children need to know that they are loved and cherished and if we don’t give them any time then we are starving them of attention and then we shouldn’t be surprised when they find ways of getting attention in the wrong places.
One of the ways that we all receive love is quality time. Your children need your provision but they also need your time. When all is said and done and we have all long since departed from this world what will our children remember of us? If we have a treasure box that we give our children at birth what will be in that treasure box that they will take with them through their life? We can not all change nations but we can change the lives of our children for better or worse and we can give them a treasure trove of memories.
My parents were not perfect parents, there is no such thing, but I have some cherished memories and they are rich and vibrant, joyful and hopeful and they have helped to bind our family together through the inevitable highs and lows of life. My family made family traditions and my husband and I have enjoyed making family traditions too with our children, the four of us will reflect back and laugh at the ridiculous and cry at the painful and nobody quite understands us four as we understand each other.