Childhood is so fleeting. Seasons come and go. Life is full of crazy ups and occasional lulls… And yet time marches on.
And here we are, mothers. We welcome these children into our arms and into our hearts. We love them, nourish them, train them, protect them. In a culture that is crazy hectic, and rarely has a filter, we get to build a hedge. We get to give our children the gift of a childhood. We get to pursue an un-rushed life that creates margin, so our kids can spend time being kids. Unhindered time to develop those important problem solving and interpersonal skills, those skills of negotiation and resourcefulness. We can give them the time it takes to ponder and take in everything they are learning about the world around them and make sense of it all – time to just be in the moment.
And in the midst of laundry, cooking, and homeschooling, we can steal small moments to soak in their play. We take mental snapshots of the carefree days of childhood, days spent outdoors with sunlight filtering in through leaves. We can say “YES” to pleas to collect neighborhood discards for backyard fort creations. And we can smile as we watch them so seriously at work in the business of play. Oh the beauty of this season called childhood.
You and I are protectors of this childhood. It’s a beautiful calling…
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