These are the days...

These are the days of the endless summer
These are the days, the time is now
There is no past, there's only future
There's only here, there's only now

These are the days now that we must savour
And we must enjoy as we can
These are the days that will last forever
You've got to hold them in your heart.

Van Morrison

I have a little voice inside my head. The little voice inside my head tends to repeat itself often. Usually it's to yell at me for something I did wrong, but it also says things that are reminders for me to stop and enjoy the moment.

These are the days, it says.

And I say it over and over again, in my head, and out loud, too.

These are the days.

I look at pictures of days gone by, and I smile, and tears come to my eyes.

I wake up to a beautiful sleeping child beside me, and I sigh, these are the days...

I look at the clock about to lose my temper, wondering why my children are still awake. Then I hear a giggle, and I'm reminded that these are the days, and I sigh, and hug them one more time.
I know these days won't last forever because time goes by too fast.

My oldest child is five. My baby, three. Five and three, when only yesterday they were babies.

It's still very true that each day they do something to make my heart burst. They amaze me, with their smartness, and even more so with their kind hearts and sweetness. They're caring. They're loving. They're growing up.

My three year old, fiercely independent, is taking showers on his own. There is nothing he can't do and he expresses himself more clearly than children double his age. He is also a hilariously funny child with so much character, spunk, and enthusiasm. Listening to him talk to himself makes me smile hard.

My five year old, always the studious one, spends hours learning about the history of the world. He doesn't want to play with dinosaurs, no; he wants to examine their fossils. My little Ross!

My two boys build forts together, ride their plasma cars together, and plot to mess up the house together. They're partners in crime, enemies, and best friends.

Despite yet another unravelled roll of toilet paper in the bathroom or markers on the kitchen table, I am sucking in the present so it can last and last.

These really are the days to cherish, right here, right now.

These are days you'll remember,
never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be as warm as this.
And as you feel it, you'll know it's true that you are blessed and lucky.
It's true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.

These are days you'll remember,
When May is rushing over you with desire to be part of the miracles you see in every hour.
You'll know it's true that you are blessed and lucky.
It's true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.

These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break.
These days you might feel a shaft of light make its way across your face.
And when you do you'll know how it was meant to be.

See the signs and know their meaning.
It's true, you'll know how it was meant to be.
Hear the signs and know they're speaking to you, to you.

10,000 Maniacs

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Karen Sugarpants said...

Such a poignant reminder. Lovely, Louks. Just lovely. said...

LOVE that song and Van Morrison. Your boys are getting so big...and so handsome!

Alicia xoxxo said...

Such a sweet post and a great reminder that we all need to live in the moment and not take anything for granted. Thanks! You boys are beyond precious!!!

Chantal said...

so true!

Shannon @ AnchorMommy said...

Beautiful, Loukia.

I am right there with you. I nearly cry when I go back and look at pictures from a few years ago...I just cannot BELIEVE my boy is so grown-up! And I desperately want my little girl to stay a baby!!! I tell you what...if I had one wish, it would be to freeze time. Seriously.

I love the pics of your boys! They are so handsome!!

Truthful Mommy said...

I LOVE this post. MY girls are 3 and 5 and I am right there with you! It all goes too fast and I am trying to savor every single moment. Breathe it in deep and hard to the very core of my soul. I want it to last forever but so much growing has already happened, I just want it to slow down a bit.Happy Mothering, my friend.

Kristy said...

Awww! One of my best memories with my boy is taking him to the beach for the first time. It was great. I can't wait to do it again!

CaraBee said...

What a great reminder to savor these days. It's hard sometimes, the frustrations are great, but it is so important to remember all of the little things that make having children so great.

Beautiful post!

Lady Mama said...

Very sweet post and so true. When I feel frustrated, I try to take a deep breath and remember that these times - while our kids are so small and cute - won't last long, and then try to make the most of the moments with them. It feels like they pass by so fast. Your boys really are sweethearts. And I can't believe your three year-old takes showers!

Mommyfriend Lori said...

Sniff, sniff. Aww, so true and so beautiful.

Avitable said...

You want your son to be like ROSS????!??!?