Time seems to be slipping through my grasp.
The toddler that used to give me adorable grins with sparkling eyes now has a hint of adolescence in the tilt of his chin as he kids with me.
The chubby arms that used to wrap around my knees, sticky with bits of mashed Cheerios and popsicles rivulets staining the soft skin, now nearly drape across my shoulder.
The scent of baby lotion on velvety skin has been replaced by sweat and dirt and big grins after an afternoon of riding quads.
The little girl who used to play dress up with her dolls now wants to dress up for real.
No, I can't stop the sand from slipping between my fingers, no matter how tightly I hold on to it.
But what I can do is cherish each moment without looking over my shoulder at the mistakes. Without wishing away the moments I'd growled instead of holding my tongue, the times I listened with half an ear while I planned dinner in my head, or how often I drove with jabbering away on the cell phone rather than conversing with those precious souls in the back seat.
We grow and we learn. Cherish the now you have with your kids.
Time marches and soon we'll only hear the echo of them in our homes.