Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Enjoying the Moment

I read this quote on a friend's blog, and I've been meaning to post it for a few days. It was a good reminder for me. I always need reminding.

“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.(As quoted by Elder M. Russell Ballard in his talk, "Daughters of God.")

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

That is a powerful quote and I can already see that I've made that same mistake. My children were all babies at the same time (I had 3 kids in 3 years). I was so overwhelmed that I was just trying to keep it together most of the time. So much of those early years is just a blur to me.

I wish I'd had a blog THEN.

However, there is still time for us so thanks for the reminder. I needed it.