I braced myself.
Typically, it’s “You’ve got your hands full!” Or “Wait until they are teenagers!” And “I hope your husband has a shotgun!”
But instead, this stranger at my door remarked, without hesitation, “You’re so lucky.”
And my heart smiled.
The girls, never far from me, peeking from behind my legs smiled, too as I replied, “I really am. I hit the jackpot!”
To be valued, to be appreciated, to be wanted- aren’t these all things that make us feel safe and joyful?
Getting my girls to the ages of 4, 6, 8 and 10 has been a rocky road. In the back of my mind, I always held these particular ages up as the light to the end of my endless tunnel.
And we made it! We are here! We are cruising and absolutely cherishing our baby girls.
For the first time, I finally feel what mothers have been telling me for a decade now. That it goes so fast. That I’ll miss this time, one day. Before, another baby always followed so I never felt like I had the chance to miss any phase.
Now, I look at my eldest and I see her changing. I want to bottle her up and cherish this moment in time. But there she grows. I find myself equal parts nostalgic and eager to continue to witness who she is becoming. To know her.
I’m no fool. I realize the teenage years, especially with a house-full of girls (sharing one hallway bathroom with one sink!) is going to have its share of drama. It already does.
But I am actively choosing to focus on the light. To focus on the blessing of their existence. To feel lucky.