Every decent, loving parent I know has had at least one moment in there parenting career when the future suddenly becomes so painfully clear.
One day, our babies will leave home. There is no changing that fact. Knowing that moms and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles have felt the sting of this realization for thousands of years... well, that doesn't do anything to diminish my pain.
Over the years I have been somewhat of a mainstream country music lover- meaning that if it hits the top 10 on the charts I am more likely to hear it since I don't really listen to country much. I do like a little though, Faith Hill is a favorite of mine and I like some Martina McBride too. When I saw this video on the Disney channel a few days ago, all I could do was weep.
I wept at the song's simplicity and beauty, I wept for his pain. I caught another glimpse of what life will be like in 12 years and I don't like it one bit.
My heart aches for what I will lose one day... my little girls. They will always be my babies in my heart but despite my best efforts to ignore the inevitable, they will grow up and leave.
Watch this video, and you'll see what I mean.
It makes me realize what is really important in life. I need to enjoy them, and continue to respect them as individuals and human beings... I want to lay the foundation for what one day will be beautiful mother and adult daughter relationships. I want them to be happy, I want them to know what love is... And even though I know I can't keep them with me forever, I hope they know I will always be with them.