Without saying a word, just by being, children age you! Up until I had children, time seemed to hover over reality and, although I celebrated my birthdays, it didn’t seem to change the time factor much. Once you have children, however, they tend to become the measuring stick of your rapid aging process. Whereas you used to think back on events in a foggy but not that ancient past, you now have the years counted explicitly for you by way of your children.
When a child celebrates a birthday, it quickly brings to mind that another year has gone by and the child has changed. Suddenly, you glimpse an older person in the mirror and realize it it you. Time has sped up and you find yourself working harder at keeping track of the years as they quickly sift through your fingers!
Unless I can make the claim stick that I gave birth to all my children prior to age five, time is proclaiming the fact that while the children are growing up, I am getting older.
Two of my children are off on their own. My older son is an author and he wrote the book in Chinese. Even my fourth child, my baby is almost twenty-two years old. My younger daughter had a job that actually lets her have keys to the building. Well, they didn’t know her at age five.. My husband often shakes his head and bemoans the fact that it all happened so quickly. We were so busy raising the children, we regret not always having time to stop and totally revel in the fact.
We are, however, blessed. My advice to the mothers with cranky babies, exhaustion, and not enough time to do what they want to do . . . relish it as it ends all too soon and you will have children who will willingly walk into the future on their own, two feet and you are left with the memories. Rejoice and be glad and be thankful and cherish the moments.