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advice from mary poppins

We watched Mary Poppins with the kids this weekend, a movie my five year old had requested. One minute I was tapping along to "Step in Time" and the next minute I was getting a little teary as Bert delivers this wise little rhyme to Mr. Banks:

"You're a man of high position, esteemed by all your peers.
And when your little tikes are crying, you haven't time to dry their tears.
And see their grateful little faces, smiling up at you.
Because their dad, he always knows just what to do.

You've got to grind, grind, grind at that grindstone.
Though childhood slips like sand through a sieve,
All too soon they've up and grown.. And then they've flown.
And it's too late for you to give."

I watched my 6 year old ride down a huge hill on his bike yesterday, flying down as fast as he can, weaving in and out of obstacles in his way. My firstborn, my little boy.. all grown up it seems. Marching off to first grade with his backpack slung over his shoulder, spending more waking hours at school than he does at home. And I keep thinking "When did this happen?". When I look at him I still see my baby boy, his bright eyes and tiny fingers. I get busy just being in the thick of it everyday, but every once in a while I stand back and think... this is all flying by way too fast.

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Old men and women always seemed to stop me when I had toddlers and tell me how the time just flies. I could see what they were saying, but I just knew how many minutes were in a day and it didn't add up--I thought that somehow they must have been sleeping through their kid's childhoods. I recently learned that the bridge between the two is that the days are so slow, the years are so quick. I get a lump in my throat just knowing that my little-littles are gonna be big and successful and independent before I catch my breath. Thank you for sharing your beautiful blog--I appreciate it's authenticity, honesty and focus.

03.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDani

We watched Marry Poppins recently for the first time as a family, and I so completely had the same feeling. It's funny to watch it as an adult and remember the way it made you feel when you were a child, and then to pay attention to such different details now.

I'm having the same feelings about time going too quickly. My kids are 6, 4 and 2... and I just wish I could freeze time. The oldest is at the stage where he is asking a lot of questions and impressing me with all the things he knows... yet he is still so naive, and I just wish he would stay like that forever. And the fact that there is no baby in the house any more (and probably won't be) is just a weird feeling. I wish I could just push 'pause' and get the chance to soak it all up for longer. :)

03.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

That makes me cry each and every time and is one of my 3 year old's favorite movies as well. Such an important lesson.

03.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I really needed to read this today and somehow through a series of random clicks, I did! Thank you for sharing, I'm off to see my dear boy and play a while while he's young still :) Thank you!

09.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMariah

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