Every now and then time seems to slow.
It’s almost as if the flow of time is hampered by the scattering of cars across my floor, the laundry baskets piled one on top of another, and the miscellaneous shoes in odd places.
Perhaps time knows that every now and then it needs to wait a little, while I catch up.
But it doesn’t slow in the crazy moments when you wish it would…
Last night’s bedtime routine was crazy. There was bruised heads, and books to be read, and pajamas without buttons, and a late realization that I didn’t have anything for school lunches.
I’d promised to have an early night, but when I crawled into bed it was 11:50.
Last night was one of those nights when everyone woke and needed me, one after the other. Coughs and cries and bad dreams and when I finally put my big boy back in his bed at 4am… when the house was finally peaceful, time slowed.
I lay there feeling the warm hollow my big boy had left in the bed beside me and time went all wonky.
I remembered the time when my small boy cried and cried and cried the first night we were home from hospital. I remember how worried I was when he slept 8 hours straight as a four week old, and how fleetingly that lasted.
I remembered a time when my big boy used to rub my arms when he fell asleep. I remembered the way he grunted in his sleep to let me know he needed more milk.
I remembered a time when my newborn girls, so tired from simply breathing, rarely opened their eyes. I remembered finally bringing them home and tucking them in, side by side, in the one cot.
I remembered a time, before I was a parent, when cold weather on the weekend meant only getting out of bed to get more food.
I remembered a time, as a child, needing to have talk back radio playing all night, because if the robbers came they would hear people talking and go away.
And I thought how strange life is. How much life changes, and how much it stays the same.
And them time moved on again… but at least for a moment it let me stop and remember.
What are you remembering?
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