The very famous words from the book, Love You Forever, author Robert Munsch, has been memorized by audiences all over the world. Young parents, the elderly, teens remember this from their earlier years, and little children know this by heart.
Forever to our children is such a very long time. If they have to “sit in the corner,” it feels like forever. When we are traveling in the car, it goes on “forever.” Getting a hair cut – takes forever.
Time is relative. One moment we are swaddling our children and soothing them with our words, and the next day we are running behind them while they pedal furiously over the gravel, knowing that it is almost time to let go and let them glide down the road on their own.
Forever slow go the days we are counting how many sandwiches we have make, or how many baths we will have to give.
Forever long are the nights we are awake with sick children, or washing the piles of sheets and towels.
Forever hard are the disagreements and the challenges that brink us to weak knees and tears.
In the moments when we are weary and frustrated, we wonder if forever will ever be enough.
In the blink of an eye they are making their own food, and we cannot keep the refrigerator stocked fast enough. They are driving to work and their bicycle has been passed onto another fresh-starter. The hot water is gone from their long showers, and the bath toys are recycled away. The minutes that seemed to drag on forever have turned into years, and we are realizing that we just want to catch them one more time – to say:
I love you.
You can do this.
How is your heart today?
Do you need a hug?
If you need any thing, let me know.
Do you have time for lunch?
And we reach into our minds for one more word. One more thought to catch them at the door - to linger just a little bit longer.
Because, now forever does not seem to be so long. We are on the other end of the waiting. The knowing that even when we catch them on the way out the door, just for a moment – our heart runs on repeat:
I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”
Dear mothers, capture the hearts of your children today. Catch the loose threads that they are waiting for you to hold onto as they come and go. The threads of their character, their heart and soul and the moments that only a mother can see and know how to love.
Catch them on the way out the door, for some day their return may not be as swift. Seize every moment. Forever is a long, long time.