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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

♫♫Where are you going, my little one...♫♫

I sang this to my babies as I rocked them, never able to get through the whole song.  A quarter of the way through, I would choke up and begin to cry because I knew where they were going -- each milestone, each step, each smile, represented a step away from us.  And that's the way it should be.  But it happens too fast.

Today, our youngest child turns 35.  Amazing that I haven't yet lost that baby weight...but that's another issue.  This morning I awoke reflecting on how we celebrate the announcement "We're having a baby!" and not "We're having a toddler" or scarier still, " a teenager"!  I think that  somewhere in the recesses of our hearts, we hope to hold onto that baby, that cherub, for just a while longer and be able to rock them, protect them, and hold them close.

From left to right:  Robyn, Michael, and Melissa.

9 comments:

Betsy Adams said...

What a great post and tribute to your gorgeous daughter... (Gets her good looks from Mom, doesn't she?).... Happy Birthday to her...

Amazing how fast our kids grow up.... GADS!

Hugs,
Betsy

forsythia said...

Lovely photo. When I think that our grandsons--now in first and sixth grades--will all too soon turn into teen-agers and then adults, it makes me a little wistful. Adoption of a dear little grand-daughter will become final before Easter, so we still have someone to rock and cuddle--but even she--at 9 months-- is already asserting herself and getting ready to take on the world.

Retired English Teacher said...

Happy birthday to your baby. Yes, they remain our little ones forever. I don't know where the time goes. We are too busy getting those kids launched to realize how fast it all became a part of memory. Enjoy that wonderful adult that you produced and sent out into the world.

Linda Kay said...

Beautiful children, Kathy. I'm stopping by from Bilbo's post this morning, so my first visit. We are going to see Fiddler on the Roof tonight and your post reminds me of Sunrise,Sunset.

Kay said...

Gosh! I remember singing that song too. I'm feeling a little melancholy now thinking of it. I see my grandchild also growing up and it's too quick, too soon. Your children certainly grew up beautifully, Kathy!

Mage said...

Lovely.

Lena said...

Everyone says that the time flies, but still so hard to get my head around that.

Beautiful photograph. Happy Birthday to a lucky 35 year old!

Kay said...

They are truly beautiful, Kathy. I'm so proud for you. I sure do miss seeing mine. They grow too quickly.

Pepper Medley said...

You have such beautiful children. Oh, and I love the comment on another post you did about "behind every good women there is a cat". Cute pic! xox