The feeling changes in the air.
The excitement and anticipation of summer…the long days, the late nights, the fireflies, the ice cream, the expectancy….has now faded and become usual. The nights are just a bit shorter, the things we waited for are becoming familiar.
August. The month where we live still in summer, yet with an eye on the next month knowing it will soon be over….
I see the years of my teenagers pretty much the same as August….
The baby days I dreamed of, the days of childhood, the excitement of beginning a journey….now these things have become the usual..and we are just like in August….still in childhood, yet a foot is now into the door of adulthood…just like summer…it will soon be over…
In August I consciously tell myself not take for granted the beautiful summer mornings, the birds chirping to wake me…not to take for granted the ice cream nights, the popsicle stained faces, the muddy prints in the house….
…because soon summer will be over. I try to relish in every moment…always with one eye on the next month…knowing this will soon be a memory.
Just like August, I am feeling the same way about my teenagers…on the cusp of a new chapter. One foot still in summer…or in childhood…..trying to consciously enjoy it all…knowing all too well it will soon be over…
We are at the point where I have a glimpse of the end in sight. I am no longer the naive new mommy thinking babyhood and childhood are forever…knowing that, just like August, the days are getting shorter…the sun is setting on summer…and on childhood…
Only…August will come again…next year…
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Such a heartwarming post! I have 2 girls ages 10 & 12. The teen years are knocking at the door, and I’m wandering where my little girls went! I’m so glad we homeschool so I get the opportunities to share God’s word & love with them. Helping them thru the teen years, to be equipped with the knowledge that they are beautiful in his sight regardless of what others think. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.
Thanks for reading. I so enjoy the teen years. More than I thought I would. Although bittersweet, I truly enjoy seeing them emerge as young adults. It’s been a beautiful thing!
Oh my heart. Truth ❤ It really is such a bittersweet time – you miss the “baby” and innocence, but at the same time, the excitement of watching your child’s gifts and personality unfold is amazing!
Right?? <3 Bittersweet indeed. I originally wrote this when she was turning 13, but changed it a bit today as it applies to the teenage years in general. I do love having teens though! I enjoy them so much and seeing them emerge as young adults in beautiful. I never thought I'd say that in the baby years! 🙂