Earlier today I was getting ready to go to the grocery store. I was tired and just wanted to hurry up and get it over with. I didn’t want to have to worry about a lot of people coming with me. I was planning to take my 9 month old with me and that’s it. My 5 year old always wants to come to the store with me, so of course when he found out I was going, he asked me to go. I told him that I was just going to go and that he could stay home with his step Dad and older brother, and he would be fine. He was not happy about that and started crying. Again I told him that I was going to hurry and he would be okay at home. That didn’t help at all. He kept crying and saying that he wanted to go.
I sat and thought about it for a moment. My oldest son is only 8 and he already hardly ever wants to go anywhere. He has no interest in going grocery shopping with me, and here my little boy is practically begging me to go.
Before long, he’s probably not going to want to go with me anymore at all and we aren’t going to be as close as we are now. So with that realization, I told him he could come to the store with me. And his face just lit right up.
I guess the moral to this story is: Kids grow up SO fast. So just stay patient.
I know it’s rough to load up all the kids in the car, to have to buckle them all in, to deal with them grabbing the worst junk food ever off the shelves and screaming when you won’t buy it for them or the guilt you feel when you give in,
to have to chase them around the store, because they won’t stay in the cart, to have to push around a crying baby while everyone stares at you or attempt to push the cart while holding your baby at the same time.
But one of these days, you’re going to be driving to the store with no silly kids songs playing on your stereo and the sounds of their laughter gone. So just try to embrace it as best as you can. Live in the moment. And just laugh through the craziness, because it really is a blessing in disguise.