I first heard about this quote from Gretchen Rubin. I’m not sure if she said it first, but it sure rings true to me. Especially at this time of year. I relish the quiet I get between Christmas and New Years. I am at home and I don’t have a lot of outside demands. I rest, read, drink tea, enjoy my family, and reflect.
This year, I have much to reflect upon. My oldest child turned 21, another child is a Senior in high school, my baby wants to get his drivers license! Oh, and we added a temporary teenager into the mix. We are hosting an exchange student from Brazil for the rest of the school year.
I look at these amazing young people and try to cherish every moment with them. I remember my own as babies and marvel at the wonderfully caring, smart and generous people they are becoming. I look at the bravery in them as they make their world a better place. I have had a front row seat as they have welcomed in our student with such grace. I watch our Student as he becomes a member of our family. His willingness to try new things, his excitement over a flurry of snowflakes, listening to him and my son become brothers as they laugh over video games. These are the moments found in reflection.
Yes, the days are long, but the years are short. My children are on their way to adulthood. Our time with our Student is short. I know it. So, I make the effort to savor every second. All too soon, this nest will be empty of my little birds. But what a pleasure it will be to watch them fly.