With Father’s Day around the corner, my mind can’t help but wander to the days of little boy ways when I chased toddlers wearing diapers while ‘puppy dog tails’ followed close behind us. Oh, please turn back the clock for me! I would give anything in life to have a single grain of sand stuck in that hourglass of time. To cuddle my babies once again upon my lap, kiss their sweet-scented heads, soak folds of skin in a bubbled tub or hum sweet lullabies to velvet cheeks soft against my own.
As life went on my toddlers grew to teens, morphed into men, married and became fathers in their own right. What a privilege to peek into early windows of their Daddy Hood.
Today, my two sons have become the very best fathers I could have ever dreamed possible! They love their little ones…love them! With five between the two of them, their hands are more than full, yet I’ve never heard a single complaint. They take joy in kissing chubby fists, mixing bottles of formula, pushing strollers beneath shaded trees and tickling bare bellies into giggles. Often, I see Daddy Reading a Book or Daddy on the Floor to Play!
The hourglass of time typically exists only in our minds. Yet, already grains of sand are slipping away….one by one. Falling s.l.o.w.l.y. from top to bottom. Seconds turn into minutes of lifetimes. In the blink of an eye, years go by. Babies crawl upon floors before toddlers learn to walk. Pre-school begins one day while college ends the next. Suddenly swaddled babes are old enough to say, “I Do.” Crowded nests of chicks are bare, hushed silent with shells of emptiness.
So, here’s to my boys on this coming Father’s Day! For my youngest, it is his very first ever! Enjoy every second each son of mine. Kiss your babies from head to toe. Hold them close to your heart forever and tomorrow. Breathe them in to memorize their scent. Don’t ever let it go. And, never take a single grain of sand for granted.
Happy Father’s Day.