The Days are Long but the Years are Short

by Deborah Cruz

I spend my days, feeling like I am wishing them away. Don’t get me wrong. I adore my girls but when the girls are screaming, the dog’s barking, the food’s burning and the doorbell ringing…I’m wishing it was bedtime, or tomorrow, or next week. I’m wishing they were older and things were easier.

In my defense,that was a lot easier before I realized how fleeting the tiny years truly are. I want to stop wishing away the moments and enjoying every single second. I want to find joy in the rain puddles, laughter in a broken lamp, patience in the face of tantrums.I want my time with my girls and my husband to be about adventures and memories not aggravation and frustration.

This week is spring break and we have decided that we are going to spend it having fun together. We are going to enjoy the  time together and whatever “adventure” that life has to offer. We are getting in the car and driving south in search of sun. Only God knows how this might turn out or where we might end up.But we’re excited. I ‘m tired of wishing away my childrens childhood or wanting for something different, I am embracing the journey here and the now with the the three best traveling companions I could ever want for. It’s time that I remember that with children the days are long, but the years are short.

How do you make the short years count with your children?

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11 comments

Breann 2011/04/04 - 11:33 am

I can empathize with you on this… Logan is only 4 months but when he won’t eat his bottle, or he is crying while the dog is barking out the back door at a squirrel (the 95th time that day) and my husband is on the phone and can’t help.. I wonder when it will be easier. But I also love him at this age – he is so happy and smiley and cooing…

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Truthful Mommy 2011/04/06 - 6:55 pm

Cherish the chaos because it too is fleeting and soon you will be longing for the crying baby and barking dog. But for now, deep breaths.*hugs*

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Mommy Nani Booboo 2011/04/04 - 11:52 am

Gah- I needed that reminder. I’ve been spending a lot of time wishing for the future, when things will magically be easier.
Off to have a tickle fight! Go find that sun, baby!

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Truthful Mommy 2011/04/06 - 7:11 pm

Jenni,
Go have a tickle fight and enjoy little Bam while he’s little enough to enjoy it and you still have the time and energy to be in the moment:)

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Heather 2011/04/04 - 12:32 pm

I’m trying to slow down and breathe when I get upset so I don’t wish as much away.

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Truthful Mommy 2011/04/06 - 7:44 pm

Thats all we can do is be aware.Thats how we make the best of what we have:)

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January 2011/04/04 - 1:11 pm

Thank you Deb. I so needed this. It’s been “one of those days” and though it’s only 1 o’clock (and the boys are finally napping!) if feels as though 10 hours have gone by. I think the thing to realize is as long as we enjoy MOST of the time with our little ones…it’s okay to have a wish for “easier days”. I suppose too, we have to realize that the “easier days” ahead will also have their own challenges…and then we’ll spend our days wishing for the good old days when we had the control to keep our children in the house….safe and under the watch of our eye at all times. 😉

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A Mommy in the City 2011/04/04 - 3:07 pm

Thank you for this post! It’s hard being at home with the kids all day long! We are headed back to Florida this week for a mini vacation and I can’t wait to spend it with my family and introducing Harlan to the beach and Disney. It’s little things like that that can make all of the hard, long days worth it!

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Perfect Dad 2011/04/04 - 3:30 pm

Life is very short and the days keep ticking by. Thanks for this post.

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Jess@Straight Talk 2011/04/04 - 4:20 pm

You are so right. I feel the same way as I wish away these last few weeks of pregnancy. Then before I know it, Monday has turned into Friday and it’s over and we start again. What happened in between? I need to do a better job of not letting the in between get forgotten.

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Amber 2011/04/04 - 6:43 pm

I love the title of this post. It’s so true.

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