For some reason hitting me harder than the start of kindergarten did..

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For some reason hitting me harder than the start of kindergarten did..
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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 4:13pm

Munch has hit the point where he beelines to the older kids' section of the bookstore, where there are no picture books or toys.  For some reason, nothing has hit me with a harder wave of nostalgia and sense of time speeding by than watching him browse through the Beverly Clearys and Madeleine L'Engles.  Hope you guys understand.  Can't exactly talk about this with most people, as it sounds obnoxiously braggy at M's age.  I was a sickly kid, and a lot of the books he's reaching for now were my best companions in childhood.

Gwen

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I think everyone gets hit by something different. A couple weeks ago, my 11-year-old who is in 7th grade and almost as tall as me, held my hand while we were walking to the car. It's infrequent enough that it caught my attention and I had a flash that this could be the last time. Someday, very soon, it will be. Will I notice? Will he? I'm at that point with the kids where there seem to be more "lasts" when it comes to their childhood than "firsts." It's pretty depressing!

Books don't hit me as hard. Just last week we tried to empty our bookshelves and I watched my teenager cling to her old favorite picture and chapter books. Both the kids sat around reading their old picture books and giggling. It was a great moment. Needless to say, we didn't get rid of much!

Those moments when you know they are growing up can hit hard. You have have lots of years ahead though!