A month or so ago my husband and I watched the movie Boyhood. All three hours of it. The movie followed a boy growing up during a span of 12 years. While it was a fictional movie, it was loosely influenced by the director’s life. The movie was sad to me. The boy’s mom was in and out of bad relationships. The kids were drug through every one of them and one turned out to be very abusive. The one thing that stuck out to me the most during this movie was the lack of joy from just about every character. At the end when the boy goes off to college, the mother melts down questioning what the whole purpose of her life was. I felt her heart in that moment. I know when I’m faced with the reality of an empty nest it will be tough, but I also pray that my heart will be full and that I can smile knowing I did one of the most important jobs…raising happy individuals who will contribute something special to this world.
All of this made me think about our children and how quickly life will pass us by. These moments at home with them seem like such long, exhausting days at times, but in no time we will be sitting alone at home wanting those days back.
Now that I’m in the slowest season for photography, I have been so excited to sit and just play with Nolan while Elise is at school. And some days he actually lets me take pictures of him. Most days of the week Nolan is in pajamas because he refuses to get dressed, but one day he asked to wear stripes so he could be a tiger. He specifically wanted to be a blue tiger…blue is his favorite color.
Watching him run around the circle in our house or watching him morph into whatever character he chooses to be puts a smile on my face.
Looking at these pictures from the last couple of months reminds me to really enjoy each stage of my children’s life. I love these pictures of Nolan waiting for Elise to get home from school because I know that someday both children will be off on their own exploring this big world and I will be the one standing alone behind the door waiting…pining.
Go hug your kids, snuggle under a blanket and know these moments don’t last forever. Savor them:)