at the same time

>> Thursday, September 1, 2011

 I ask him: Are you excited to turn 8 tomorrow?

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Yeah, he smiles. But I'm also a little sad. 


Why?

Because I'll never, ever, ever, ever be 7 again. 


I know, Honey. I really do.

:::

My Owen turns 8 tomorrow. My Eli started kindergarten today. And yesterday? Was three weeks since Axel last nursed.

Tomorrow also happens to mark 11 years since John and I stood in front of a sanctuary and promised til death do us part.


How does it keep getting better when it's all so good to begin with?

:::

I had told Axel: ...and then you'll get bigger, and then you won't nurse anymore.

And he said, And then when I get littler, will you nurse me again?


Oh, if only it worked that way, buddy.

:::

Sometimes things are happy and sad at the same time, said my birthday boy.

Because, like, something changes, and then it never happens again.... 


I just want to be seven and a half for *one* more day. 
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I know, honey. Me too.




5 comments:

Lindsey September 2, 2011 at 5:37 AM  

Oh, tears. The wisdom of those little people, no? Sending so much love. I think you know how intensely I relate. xox

Michelle September 2, 2011 at 9:34 AM  

This is so touching, and so very familiar. The nursing part hit home for me. We really love nursing around here too. <3

krista September 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

he's a very smart boy. makes my heart hurt. in the best way.

Faith September 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM  

aw...outta the mouths of babes! this was so sweet..and tender...so many bittersweets happening around my home this school year too. (found your blog via Laura's at outnumbered mom). happy birthday to your oldest boy!

Ann Imig September 7, 2011 at 10:50 AM  

So sweet. Bittersweet. I'm keenly aware of the time flying by.

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