Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Like Sands through the Hourglass...

No, this isn't a post about Days of Our Lives, but it is a post about days of my life.  The other day, I walked through Target without a child--a rare occasion and treat for me.  I passed through the toy section to get to another part of the store and just happened to choose the little girl aisle.  You know the one--filled with frilly dress up clothing and all sorts of pink make-believe stuff.  It was a bittersweet moment for me.  My girls still play dress up, but not near as often and the clothes are really getting too small for them.  The time for little girl dress up and tea parties is quickly slipping through my fingers.

Why does it feel sad to me?  I guess it is because I know with the door closing on dress up, tea parties and make-believe, it also begins to close on innocence.  They begin to understand that the world isn't always this kind place and that the mean people in fairy tales really do exist.  It would be nice if I could shelter them from all harm, but I know it is not humanly possible, so I do what I can to protect them.  I teach them skills on how to survive in this world, how to love, how to accept pain and how to have healthy relationships with others.  I teach them that their parents always love them, no matter what.

In the meantime, as long as they want, I will still have tea parties with them.


StuffSmart said...

So true. Sometimes I feel like my hourglass is broken and the sand is running too fast.

Trace said...

One day, when I returned home from a "rough" day in high school, my mom had a tea party waiting for me. She broke out her china and we had tea and cookies. I will never forget that special afternoon.

Mariana @ The Domestic Buzz said...

I have a feeling you'll have many more tea parties in your future ;) They may one day turn into sitting at a cafe and chatting between sipping lattes, but it's ultimately the same thing, no? Our kids really do grow up too fast.

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