Prior to the fake wall being put up in our kitchen to protect us from the addition construction, Newsweek author Anna Quindlen’s essay on motherhood hung on our bulletin board. The whole thing. I’d read it a lot. Over and over, often focusing on this particular part:
But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them, sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.
Amen, right? I think about this so much. And then I think about how, I’m quite certain, that in the future I will so miss.. right now. Ages 8 and 2 are rocking my world. I’ve hit that sweet spot. Sure, there is homework and activities and fighting and diapers and tantrums and visits to the pedi and the pacifier to take away and refusing to eat anything that basically isn’t plain white but honestly. This is as good as it gets. I’m quite certain it’s what I will be missing when I’m very old. This exact right now moment.
So, in my new kitchen design there isn’t all that much wall space due to my obsession with windows, but there is one small little area right to the left of my farm sink. I originally thought the above pictured art would be great upstairs by the boys’ room; makes sense. But I think I’m going to keep it right by me in the heart of the home. It’s going to be my daily reminder that every single time L and B are put to bed, they wake up a day older. I know there is a lot of good in that as well, but I can’t help but want to cling to exactly right now.
So, as a Mother’s Day gift to all of you rockstar moms of boys, I’m giving away one of these darling prints, made by House Of Belonging. Just follow the simple steps in the Rafflecopter widget below to get entered. Remember, the more you enter, the better your chances of winning this amazing prize!
But don’t wait! This giveaway is open now through next Saturday, May 9th, and the winner will be announced on Mother’s Day over on the ALFS Facebook page.