Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Don't grow up too soon


"Don't miss me too much", I told my son as I dropped him off at school.
"I don't miss anyone", he informed me, and ran in without even turning back to wave goodbye.

Seven years back, he was floating in amniotic fluid. Now, he was off on an overnight camp with his classmates.

He didn't sleep that night, because he was too busy having fun. I didn't sleep because I knew my baby was away.

I do want him to grow up, but a small part of me wishes I could hold him closer to me just a little longer.
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A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

22 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - You've captured so elegantly what it's like to be a parent. Children do grow up so very fast, and we don't want them to leave us too soon...although we know they must.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

This is so sweet!

Karen Walker said...

Michelle said what I was going to say - so so sweet.
Karen

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Ha ha, love that photo! He looks like a real little scamp!

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Perfectly said.

ladyfi said...

My little girl turned 9 and suddenly seems so independent. A part of me wants her to remain a baby forever.

I know exactly how you feel!

Tina said...

I so hear what you're saying as I'm feeling the same way about my ten year old. He still crawls into my lap, though, and I treasure that. Nice drabble.

slommler said...

The hardest part is watching them become independent! Sweet story!
Hugs
SueAnn

Laura Eno said...

They do grow up fast!

Mary said...

The plight of motherhood beautifully voiced.
Hang in there, Rayna.

Clarissa Draper said...

I totally understand what you mean. My son is almost 15 and I think I have only 3 more years with him. I know I will have more but it seems so close to an ending, does that make any sense?

CD

Jemi Fraser said...

Exactly! :)

Barbara said...

"I don't miss anyone"!!! Love this kid's spirit.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

You have captured in a 100 words what many parents take years to say.
Thanks for sharing Rayna,

Yvonne.

Jayne said...

Aw... It must be so hard, and yet so wonderful. :)

Trudy said...

Oh Rayna, this is so beautiful and I can totally relate! We want to see them grow but we want them to stay little too!

God's blessings!
Trudy

LTM said...

LOL! CLASSIC little boy response. I love him! :D And then I teared up. We had our 7 & 8 b'day celebration yesterday, and while it's getting easier, it's so hard to see them turning into little ladies. :o) sigh.

Shaharizan Perez said...

I feel the same about my kids. I don't want them to grow up too quickly. Once I figure out how to manipulate space and time, I will give a holler. :D

Hart Johnson said...

You know what needs to happen? Your children need to become snotty and defiant. Then it won't be NEARLY so hard to let them go. [/voice of experience]

(though I swear I don't wish that on you)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Spoken like a true mother!

dipali said...

This brought back my younger son's first overnight camp in school at the same age. It felt as though he'd grown up overnight!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Welcome to parenting indeed.

@ Debra- he is a scramp.

@ Clarissa - yes, it makes complete sense. I sit down now, and count the days till he is a teen, and the years till he becomes an adult- and he is not yet 7!

@ Hart- yes, a couple of years down the line, I may look back in fondness....

@ Fiona - they grow up too fast for comfort, don't they?

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