When I was little, my mother used to play an easy listening radio station for me when I was about to go to sleep. WLIN. I LOVED that station, and it influenced my musical leanings as I grew up. So many good songs would come on the radio. One of my favorites was “Time in a Bottle”.
“If I could save time in a bottle,
The first thing that I’d like to do,
Is save every day, till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you”
This song, in particular, really comes back to my mind quite a bit as a parent now. Expecting child number 5 is a mind trip. January feels so far away, and I want it to hurry so that I get to see Emerie Londyn. I also know that time can be deceptive. It often feels like it is slowing, yet is moving faster than ever. I guess, this morning I’m thinking about time. Making time count. Finding time for the things that are important.
I thinking that over these next few months, I want to have moments that count with my kids and my wife. Our lives are way too busy with essential things, but Kaila is practically a teenager. She needs my guidance as a male figure. Caleb and Canaan need me as a steadying influence and a big toy. Zyla needs me for my awesome cuddles. Tricia needs me because she somehow loves the imperfect creature that I am. Every day is precious.
Let’s treat them as such.