Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

September 22, 2010

Sometimes I forget


Sometimes I forget how small my children are.
Sometimes I forget that all they really want is a cuddle, a blanket and a favourite teddy.
Sometimes I forget that I didn't like broccoli either when I was a child.
Sometimes I forget to be amazed by their smartness, love, cuteness and wonder at the world.
Sometimes I forget to put that lovely picture they brought home up on the fridge.
Sometimes I forget tell them how much I love them and how proud I am of them.
Sometimes I forget that reading one more chapter of a favourite story is more important that starting the dinner.
Sometimes I forget that when you are little, it is never too cold to eat ice cream.
Sometimes I forget that my children don't understand why I have to 'do jobs' and why we sometimes just have to go somewhere, right now.
Sometimes I forget that when you are little, it is much more exciting to hide under the kitchen table than to brush your teeth.
Sometimes I forget that it is quite a long walk to the village shops when you have little legs.

Sometimes I forget all these things. But today, as my children ran off enthusiastically to say hi to their new friends and strode confidently into their respective new schools, I remembered. So I thought I would write them down, to share with you.

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31 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder. I think I forget these quite a lot. xx

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  2. Lovely post, thanku for reminding me :) X

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  3. Oh dear, I'm so soppy. This post actually brought a tear to my eye. I think sometimes we all forget that childhood one big adventure and we are so fortunate to be able to share that adventure without little ones.

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  4. A timely reminder of some of the things we forget.

    Hazel

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  5. Very well said!
    We should never forget to encourage their sense of wonder...

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  6. That's absolutely spot on. I tend to forget too. Thanks for reminding me!

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  7. That made me greet. Lovely words and a good reminder for us all. x

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  8. Oh my this really made me cry - what a wonderful post. A reminder to us all

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  9. Made me laugh and cry all at the same time!

    "Sometimes I forget that when you are little, it is much more exciting to hide under the kitchen table than to brush your teeth." Particularly struck a cord! When hot and bothered tomorrow morning shall attempt to retrive your words of wisdom from fuddled brain! Thank you!

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  10. That is so very true - great post. I remind myself sometimes that I used to wind my Mum up by not doing my homework when she asked, and by saying I had brushed my teeth when I hadn't....a salutary lesson to all parents is not to forget what you were like as a child. It's always just history repeating itself. (not sure I'll be quite as laid back when little E is a teenager and behaving like I used to.....oh dear!)

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  11. What a beautiful reminder to all of us. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Hazel, that is so lovely. And so very, very true.

    LCM x

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  13. I needed the reminder too. Thanks!

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  14. ahh that is lovely, I think we are all so guilty of forgetting and time passes way too quickly. Cheers for the reminder. Mich x

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  15. Oh, thankyou! You brought a tear to my eye

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  16. What a great post. It is so easy to forget. Thanks for reminding me too.

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  17. Lovely post. And I forget how little my 4 year old is because he's the 'big brother' to 2 others. I need to remind myself of that because I expect a lot from him sometimes. I hope your two are getting on okay at school.

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  18. Oh Hello! Bring on the waterworks!!!

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  19. You know what, I do forget those too sometimes... Thanks for this x

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  20. thank you!! Sometimes we do forget what it's like to be little. Thanks for the reminder.

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  21. Lovely! I so remember that when I was a kid I was sure I would always want to eat ice cream any time of year but now as a (boring) adult I just can't do it!

    Visiting from the Rewind

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  22. Love it! It's easy to forget these things sometimes. Thanks for the reminder.

    Visiting via the Rewind.

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  23. Just what I needed to hear this afternoon, thanks.

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  24. Thank you for the reminder...starting high school in a week and this makes me hold on to her little girl ways a little more.

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  25. What a lovely reminder. Sometimes we can get so caught up with life we forget to live the little things.

    Rewinding with the Multiple Mum

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  26. I'll admit I have tears in my eyes after reading your post. It's so easy to remember how little they actually are sometimes.

    Rewinding with Multiple Mum

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  27. What a gorgeous post! I do forget these things sometimes and this provides a lovely perspective. I still think it is more exciting to hide under the kitchen table than clean my teeth! Thanks for Rewinding this weekend - it is lovely to have you join us x

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  28. I remember all these things from when I was a child - what lovely memories you have brought up for me.
    Visiting from Weekend rewind

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