Sometimes I catch my kids in moments, when they don't know I'm looking. The other night I was putting my daughter to bed and had to step out of the room for something. When I returned, she had a huge book in her lap, and was "reading" it out loud. I sat on the floor quietly and just watched her for a minute or two until she realized I was there. As I watched her, in my mind I could still see the baby in her cheeks, but I could also see the teenager she'll become before I even know it's happened.
I love these moments. I watch them, and it's clear that they are learning something or realizing something, or just storing a tiny moment of their own in their minds, which they may never consciously remember, but is already helping to form the person they'll be.
I believe that as a mother, I do a lot of things well. Admittedly, however, one thing I could certainly improve upon is being more present when I am with my kids. Too often I am thinking about all that's left to do before I can go to bed, planning the next day, or stewing over something already done.
So when moments like the one in my daughter's room the other night occur, it is a great reminder to me to slow down and just be with them. If I don't, I'm going to miss something!