Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Whenever I finish my classes, all I want to do is to hurry home and spend time with my boys. 

I could not wait to read to them and sit with them and ask them about their day. Or to cuddle and tickle them and make them laugh. Or do a craft together and learn something with them. 

Spending hours teaching other children makes me miss my little boys so much. Which is quite unexpected since I do spend most of my waking hours with them. 

I realize that working with other kids and trying to coach them like how I coach my boys, has touched a soft spot in me. In some ways, it has driven and inspired me to work even harder to be a better mum. 

It makes me wonder if most teachers with young kids at home would feel this way too. 

While looking at some old photos a few nights ago, I found these few photos taken in Nov 2005 at a friend's baby shower. Marcus was 14 months old then. 

Hello.....  (touching her fingers)

Hmmph!  (He got ignored... so he tried to kick her.)

He found this naked little girl playing at the condo fountain and he approached her (in the first photo). After some baby-talk to each other, the little gal chased him back. 

What a good reminder of how fast kids grow up! I could still pretty much remember the details of that day with my baby Marcus and the baby shower we attended. 

We must cherish more of the moments we have now. It is TODAY that counts. 


The Beauties In Our Lives said...

I love the picture of the naked girl chasing him! Indeed, I think one of the most important things of motherhood is dwelling in the present, appreciating our kids for what and who they are right here, right now. Which is a challenge sometimes, I must say...!

Domesticgoddess said...

It is definitely a challenge for some parents, and perhaps more so in some cultures than others.

What most parents need really, is a gentle reminder from time to time, to slow down and smell the roses. :>

Joshua said...

The same applies to fatherhood. Most of us rush through our days without giving much thought to appreciating our kids. We think of providing them with the best, but sometimes the 'best' is to spend time with them and play with them. That is often what kids want from us, more than anything else.

Domesticgoddess said...

Well said, Joshua. I agree totally. That is what my hubby often said too.


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