This is a yearly thing. Not always on a Victoria Day long weekend but for three years now,as soon as snow melts away, we always spend two hours or so at Half Moon Inn drive, our favorite hotdog and burger place here in Manitoba. For three years now too, I think Mr. Scribbles and I have been ordering the exact same foods. We are so non-adventurous aren’t we?
Despite that we are so monotonous when it comes to our food, I felt that this year was even more special. Never did I picture myself holding little hands of a mini-me in this very familiar ground that I know so well long before I brought my husband here three years ago. And my oh my, three years went by fast. I know because I never fail to exclaim:
” Its Victoria Day again?!”,
like I always do when Christmas is approaching. Oh and my birthday too.
Watching my daughter grow day by day, I am oftentimes tempted to say “stay little, my sweet little girl!”. She may be shaky right now, needing mommy and daddy’s hand to walk, but years from now, she may not even be with us in this same place because she will be too busy minding a life of her own. Ah, the bittersweet part of being a parent.
I immediately flashed back on the day I gave birth to her,how she was so limp and helpless, and immediately fast forwarded to her having her own family and such. I know, its a bit over dramatic but you know this too: We cant stop time from making such things happen,and in a swift manner.
So I always remind myself that what we do in between and every step of the way counts so much in building a rich childhood for our kids and creating vivid memories in the years to come.
This is why we cant help but love getaways like these, right? It is a chance for us to slow down and escape from the busy hustles and bustles of day to day life. These simple moments are the prime of their childhood, and although parenthood does not really stop, these moments are the ones we might always want to come back to.
And I think I am just about ready to give in to this emotional moment now:
Stay little, my sweet little girl. I miss you and you have not gone anywhere yet.