Wise Words – Quiet Milestones

Thomas Mann Quote - Wise Words

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a post on Wise Words Wednesday.  This quote has been on my mind a lot.  I know that, at first glance, this quote elicits a “Yes, that’s true….moving on…..” kind of reaction.  That’s why this quote has sat in my “Drafts” folder for a while.  But I recently had an experience that brought this quote to mind in a different way…

DVDs on floorLadybug loves to clear the DVD shelves.  Like, a LOT.  It is seriously one of her favorite pastimes.  The older kids have even felt the frustration of cleaning up the DVDs only to have Ladybug come along five minutes later and clear the shelves all over again.

One day, as I knelt down to pick up the DVDs for the 5,971st time, I thought of this quote.  There is not going to be a thunderstorm, or even fireworks, on the day that Ladybug moves past this particular phase of toddlerhood.  One day I will pick up these videos for the last time, but I won’t know it is the last time.  After getting up off the floor, I will go about my day, assuming that I will have to pick up the videos, yet again, sometime later.  But time will pass….days…..weeks…..maybe even months, before I realize that it’s been a while since I’ve had to pick up the DVDs.  I will scan the recesses of my tired brain to think of the last time that I had picked them up, only to realize that this phase is over and I can’t really remember how it ended.

Some growth milestones are easily recognizable and get jotted down in a baby book to be remembered for all time, but others pass oh-so-quietly.  Raising tiny humans is interesting that way, but sad at the same time.  One of my goals for myself (and a main premise of this blog) is to savor the moments I have with my children because time slips by so quietly.

So, SO quietly.