Remember to Sing

Sometimes life goes backwards. You reconnect with a former friend who posts pictures on Facebook of your missionary outreach days in Budapest, Hungary.

Josiah singing with King's Kids Amsterdam Photo Credit: Vance Berlin

You look at you children ages four and seven and wonder under which carpet the Sandman swept away those years.

Elya Photo Credit Vance Berlin

If I could tell young moms a tidbit of advice, I’d say “Drop the chores for an hour and break out a coloring book. Nestle next to your precious child and color outside the lines. Don’t think forever is in your arms when you hold your precious baby and sing sweet go-to-sleep lullabies.”

Those backward days will roll out like a red carpet and before long, your precious offspring will walk down graduation and wedding isles.

Then you’ll find yourself sitting by the phone waiting for their calls as you gaze at their picture with longing.

Elya, Me, and Josiah in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Now at nearly fifty-two, I would give anything to go back in time and savor just one of those backward days. And if I could, I’d remember to sing.

Remember to Sing

9 responses to “Remember to Sing

  1. Oh yes! The days go by in a blink of an eye.
    But I’m pretty sure my teens are glad that I only sing in private… 🙂
    Blessings today, and thanks for the reminder!

    • Kristy, when my children were teens, they moaned when I sang but now they sing all the time. I think it was contagious. I appreciate your comment because you do know how fast time goes.

  2. Definitely good things to remember. I’m in a very different season of life but I definitely want to savor each moment in my life.

  3. Looking back at photos of days gone by bring warm feelings over us. Yes, where did those days go? Good advice for moms. Hold them, love them, and take photos that will treat you better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold evening in later years. Blessings to you, JoDee…

    • Shelly, I miss the “scoopable” too, as you put it so cleverly. My grown children tolerate my wrap around hugs but when they were little, they lived for them.

  4. I wouldn’t feel too bad that your kids groaned when you started singing. I heard a story once about a professional singer’s kids who got embarrassed if she sang in the car when the kids’ friends were with them. Imagine that! I wish I could remember who the singer was 🙂

    Sometimes it’s hard to remember the joy of the age, but it’s always in the back of my mind that my kids won’t be my little boys forever. It actually makes me sad to think about that.

    • Janna, I’m such a sentimentalist when it comes to remembering my children in days gone by. Yet when they were young, I didn’t have a clue as to how fast they would grow up. It warms my heart to hear that your awareness of this helps you to appreciate them now. Thanks for the comment.

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