"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you.
You have to go to them sometimes."
Winnie the Pooh

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Message Too Young Parents. Grandparents, you already know this.

The days are long...
But, the years are short.

This is my middle son, who is now 18 years old.
When my kids were little
some of the days were long...
But, the years have been very, very short.

This is a passage from the book

"Home Safe"

By: Elizabeth Berg

The mom, Helen is remembering back to when her now, 20 something daughter, was little.

" It brought back to Helen one of her favorite memories of Tessa as a little girl. The summer her daughter turned four, she played exclusively with boys, although she did, in a nod toward femininity, wear her pink tutu every single day.

One afternoon that summer, she came banging in the front door, a line of three little boys behind her. Beneath her tutu she wore blue jeans and on of Dan's T-shirts. Naturally, it swam on her, but Tessa loved wearing her father's T-shirts because, as she once told Helen, they left room for things. "What things?" Helen asked, and Tessa whispered, "You can't see them."

On that day Tessa's feet were bare and muddy, and strands of hair, escaped from the ponytail she'd insisted on making herself, hung in her face. She carried a long stick under her arm and used it to point to a blueberry pie Helen had make earlier that morning and now was cooling on top of the stove. "That's what we're having for dinner," she announced, and the boys stared wordlessly, admiringly, really Helen thought.

Then Tessa slapped the stick against her thigh as though she were General Patton with his riding crop and said,"Let's go!" and they all filed back outside. Immediately afterward, Helen heard Tessa yell, "Mom! Mom! Hey, Mom!" When Helen came to the door, she said, "Do you want to play with us?" Helen smiled and declined, even though she wanted nothing more than to abandon her housework and go outside with that group of free little beings. She regrets to this day the fact that she didn't do it.


Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Such a true statement, and such an adorable photo :-) I've read "True to Form", one of Elizabeth Berg's books, and now you've got me wanting to read another one! Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Becky said...

That sounds like a great book.My girls grew up to fast.I look back and it seems like yesterday.

Have a blessed sunday!

It's me said...

Beautiful story...out of a great book i think......lovely sunday.........love love love love Ria....

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love everything E. Berg writes...she really speaks to my heart! Have a lovely Sunday! ♥

Bringing Pretty Back said...

That is such a cute photo! This post is so true!!!
Have a pretty day!

Gloria said...

Adorable photo!! Time flies...and due to that we should remember that those little ones grow up way too fast. The house work can wait sometimes! :)

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Love the picture, it shows one of the long days perfectly. I have a 4year old little girl and sometimes I just want to freeze time and keep her just the way she is.

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