Sunday, April 26, 2009

What's That Thing On Your Header?

I've been asked what that thing on my header is.  If you look closely, it's a footprint in the cement on our sidewalk.  I don't know who made this print or when, but we pass it every day.

In the spring, it is often filled with water after a rain.  In the summer, sometimes we find little blossoms that have dropped off the trees into the print.  In the fall, little crispy leaves fill it's shape. There is hardly a time we fail to notice this little impression.

We've been in our home 5 years now.  All three of my kids have measured their feet in this print.  Last summer, Birk finally put her foot in and like Cinderella, "It fits!"  She was so excited, but I felt a little sad.

All three kids have grown out of the print.  It kind of marks the passage of an era.  It seems like every day used to be full of firsts, but more often than not, I'm having a lot of days marked by lasts.  I know it's one of the  bittersweet qualities of life, but I sure am going to miss the pitter patter of little feet.


Jennifer said...

What gives? Why do kids want to grow up so fast? *sniffle* It's not fair.

Veronica Lee said...

I'm giving you the blogger buddy and chicken zombie awards. Grab them form my blog.

BrnEyedGal said...

THat was such a lovely post!!!
I feel the same way...I love to watch my son learn more and more and become such a little man, but then I remember back when he was just a tiny tot who always needed my help! :)

Deb said...

@Jennifer: I know, I keep trying to convince them to stop growing :( I'm missing our trips to the toy store lately!

@Veronica: Thanks, I'll be right on over!!!

@BrnEyedGal: Thank you. These kids just blossom and need us less and less. I guess that means that we're doing our job. Sigh.

Moms On The Go said...

I'm stopping by from MBC 100's. Added you to my blog list :)

TwoPrettyLittleSkirts said...

I just have to say I love your blog! This picture you posted is a shoe that never stops walking.
Such is the life of a mom w/2 kids and one teen. Speaking of me of course.
Oh and If you dont mind I'd love to stalk..err I mean follow your blog ;)
Its great to "meet" other mommas with 3 kids and see how their lives are.
Till next time!

Katy said...

Awww...this was very nice to read. I already feel like my itty-bitty baby is growing up tooo fast (she's 5 months! haha). I can't imagine what I feel like when she reaches her 1st birthday, 2nd birthday, etc etc. I really am enjoying your site.
-Katy from MBC

Deb said...

@Moms On The Go: Welcome! I'm now following you, too.

@TwoPrettyLittleSkirts: Thanks so much! You are not kidding. I keep thinking life will get easier and slow down...but it keeps speeding up and getting harder!

@Katy: Thanks, Katy! Everyone tells you that it goes fast. I remember thinking, "Why does everyone keep telling me that?" It was older and wiser advice. What scares me is that people with older kids tell me that this is nothing, just wait! Yikes!

Bundle 2 Baby said...

What a beautiful post! Makes you sad when you realize time is slipping away and the little ones aren't so little anymore..