Apr 19, 201101:44 PMChina Mom
Remembering Oklahoma City
As I listened to the reports of today’s anniversary, I couldn’t help but think about the children who were in the daycare center. Forever frozen as toddlers in our memories, those children would be around 18 today. They would be getting their driver's licenses or graduating from high school next month – and yet, in our minds, they’re still in daycare.
Childhood goes by so quickly I sometimes think we don't get to enjoy our children as much as we can or want to because our adult lives get in the way. Grown-up problems and daily life distract us from remembering that our children are taken away from us all to quickly as it is. And sometimes fate - or crazy people - step in and take them away sooner.
That's why, for me, today is one of those days when I hug my daughter a little more. When I linger a few more minutes at drop-off. When I don’t mind the sun in my eyes at soccer practice. When muddy footprints don't matter. And bedtime comes too soon.
Today reminds me to be grateful for the mundane and the routine - because they're gone too soon. And they can be taken away in a flash.