Just the other day, I caught a glimpse of my children with their backs turned, all eagerly looking into the kitchen as their father made them a drink.
It was a treat for them, whenever their father made them something. It was always something special, like a specially concocted smoothie or shake. That day they were given a special treat of dad-made bandung, a drink of rose syrup and evaporated milk, which made their day.
As I was watching them getting all excited over a sweetened drink, I wondered, how long will these kids stay this way?
I mean, how long do they get to stay at 5, 4 and 2?
Not very long, apparently. A year to be exact.
And 365 days after each of their birthdays, they grow a year older. Which goes on repeat mode as long as there’s a sun, a moon and a universe.
Which leaves me with just one thought to wrap around my head.
How long then would I get to do this…
With my babies?
It wasn’t so long ago I was going on and on about how tough it has been to be mothering two toddlers and an infant. And now, I’m looking at the backs of three young children talking and laughing amongst themselves, and growing up too fast.
I’ve said it before and I’d say it again: I don’t think any mother can handle her children growing up. Definitely not me.
I will miss doing so many things with them and watching all the funniness and happiness unfold daily in my life because I know come next year, I’m going to have to handle bigger children, children who would have grown 365 days older.
Oh, slow down, will you, guys? Mama wants to enjoy you at 5, 4 and 2 for a long while more.