Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sentimental Sunday - Live in the Moment

The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make.... 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 [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. 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.
- Anna Quindlen (Loud and Clear [2004], 10–11).
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8 comments:

beth said...

I loved that Anna Quindlen article too! Now I just need to work on living it.

And I love your last picture. Nothing is sweeter than your two kids falling asleep together.

Kristen said...

So I totally think I am getting sentimental.

What a beautiful quote, and the pictures of your kids are just adorable.

I love the last one of them laying together under the blankets. Precious!

bits and pieces said...

You got me with that one...how true it is. Such a good reminder of where our hearts need to be. Thanks
P.S. Thanks for the comments on my blog, its nice to know I'm not alone in my rants!!

Chelle said...

Beautiful quote and very very true. Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing them w/us. Happy POW!

Carol said...

Wow that quote is totally inspiring and the pics of your kids are adorable.

I NEED to improve on living in the moment and cherishing this time more.

Mamasphere said...

I always think, I'll NEVER forget this. But then I look at pictures and wish I could remember so much more than I do. It is fleeting.

Formercitygirl said...

What a lovely quote and so true! It's making me nostalgic. I think I'm going to go kiss my babies good night one more time. Thanks.

McMommy said...

The way you wove the quote with the pictures....omg, I'm all teary-eyed over here!!!

Beautiful! and that last picture was sooooo sweet. Please tell me you are framing it.

happy pow! A fantastic pow you chose!!!!