September 25, 2011

Don't Blink

Don't Blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

I love Kenny Chesney and I love this particular song. I have had a lot of reasons, recently to make this a very personal song for me.

I blinked and my babies grew into adults right before my eyes. I remember my son's high school principal telling us at our first parent night "Hold on to your hats, the next 4 years are gonna fly by." And fly by they did. That was 11 years ago.

I blinked, and my oldest grandson Mason is approaching 5. Time for kindergarten next year, or as he calls it "kettle garden". Wasn't it just yesterday when I was there in the delivery room? Now we are preparing for grandbaby #3. Little sister Kinsley will be here before we know it.

I blinked and my first 59 years on this earth have almost passed. The Big six-oh is coming in January. What?! I swear, I still feel 24 inside. The memories are so vivid of when my husband and I were first dating. Wasn't that just a couple of years ago?  No. That was 35 years ago.

I blinked and my mom got old. Really old... she hit 90 last month. How can that be? She's a frail, tired, shell of herself and dementia has taken most of her memories. She's still fiercely independent in her heart, but needs us to physically help her get through each day.

It's been a good ride. I'm learning to appreciate all the good moments in my life. Even the bad ones. They make me really appreciate the good ones. And if I live as long as my mom, another 30 good years that hopefully won't go by in a blink.

and the rest of the song...

So I've been tryin' ta slow it down
I've been tryin' ta take it in
In this here today, gone tomorrow world we're livin' in