A friend observed this gaze and commented later to her husband about my loving stare. He tells her - "I know it well". A parent himself he knows the total and complete awe surrounding the manifestation of the miracle that is life. The utter joy shared by the members of the society of parenthood.
Well over 365 days have passed since my son’s homecoming. And yet I can remember it like yesterday. In the midst of my reminiscing I quickly flash forward to today. My son's teacher sends weekly newsletters with pictures so parents can see what our children are up to. My son is depicted as a walking, talking, dynamo; enjoying himself tremendously during the hours away – from me.
I write this to serve as a reminder. There are moments when I wish he would go off and entertain himself and many times he does. But I realize that those minutes he needs to cling to Mommy are important too. They are fleeting. One day I will gaze at him walking out of the door and wish he would cling to me. I will not want to let him go.