Today is Christopher's first birthday. Where did the year go? He has changed from a wiggly, sweet little baby to a "into everything," even sweeter little boy. How could my baby have a baby of her own? How could my son have five children? Where did the all the years go?
I look at our children and see responsible, fine adults, but I also see chubby cheeks, feel their hands in mine as we cross the parking lot and see anxious teenagers preparing for their first dances. I hear the conviction in his voice as our son tells us about Elizabeth and I remember the day he became a husband. I feel the pain we felt the rainy day that Marty moved away to North Carolina. I feel all their joys and all their pains--I did when they were little and I do today. Now they have children of their own--seven in all.
"Sunrise, Sunset," where did my little girl go? How did my little boy get big? As a favorite aunt said, "Love them today. Tomorrow they go to college."