Ever since the day I became a mother I’ve heard the whole “It goes by so fast. Don’t waste a minute” or “Figure out to live in the present and really enjoy childhood because it’s gone too fast”.
I’m just now realizing how true that is.
I’ve lately been pondering about the concept of childhood in terms of eternity.
I believe, because of modern revelation from God to His prophets, that all will be resurrected “The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; …” alma 11
I also believe that woman and manhood are the forms we will take for this glorious time…’the full measure of the stature of its spirit’. And also if a child dies while in childhood that spirit will have the opportunity to develop until it reaches the full measure of the stature of its spirit. This also allows the mother that special opportunity as well. How wonderful right?
So because of that, if my children grow up in this life and become men, this period of time we call childhood really is momentary isn’t it?
Could it be true that Ben and Williams spirit will never again posses the body of a 4 and 5 year old? Will the innocence and essence they posses because of being children really never be seen again? The cuteness?! The excitement of learning something for the first time?! The silliness? Everything that accompanies what is called wonderful childhood…is this to be the ONLY time we ever witness it? Enjoy it?
I don’t really know the answer. I guess from what I’ve learned the answer is yes. I believe I will have more children and that opportunity will always be mine but in the present concerning my Ben and my William…what a eye opener! This could be the only childhood of theirs that I have! That they have!
How much more meaningful do those words of advice to new mom’s mean? A lot. To me anyway.
Could this be why Jesus loved children so much? Because he knew how fleeting and special they were?
I don’t know. But it’s something I’ve been thinking about.
So what does this mean for me? I just pray everyday that I will not take for granted my kids in their childhood and all the special moments that come with it. It helps me do better at appreciating them instead of becoming frustrated and wishing away the hard times. I’m grateful for that.