Friday, June 24, 2011

Like Fish in Water

The Salad started swim lessons Monday. There was no fear as they ran from me straight into the arms of the instructors. I watched from across the pool as they listened attentively, spoke respectfully, and were the first to volunteer for anything the instructors asked. As happens so often these days, I wondered where my babies have gone. Of course, if someone gets a boo-boo, or has to pee in the night I get called, but for the most part, gone are the days of babies and toddlers. Though, I've said before, I have never wished those early days back.
But these days. How I love these days, before I send my Salad out into the big, wide world in September. Savoring their sweetness. Protecting their innocence. Shielding them for a while longer. Wanting to fill each second with fun. Hoping against hope that they will remember any of it. Realizing they won't recall specifics, but if in 10 years or 20 years they remember feeling happy, I've done my job well.

"And if we ever leave a legacy,
It's that we loved each other well."
-Indigo Girls

1 comment:

  1. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

    I try to remember this quote every at work and home. Your post reminded me of it.