Sit With Me

"Sit wif meeee? Sit wif meee?"

These are words I hear on a daily basis. Usually I happily comply and snuggle on the couch with my oldest. But lately my plate has been full, and so the requests of "Sit wif me" have been met with "not right now", "in a little bit", and "maybe later, buddy".

The other night I was putting Wyatt to bed, and he asked again to sit with me. It was already well past his bedtime. It had been a long day, Derek and I were trying to wind down for the night, and I knew Wyatt was stalling. So I told him it was time for bed right now, and he needed to go to sleep.


But then tonight, Derek and I were sitting on the couch watching a TV show, and I looked over to see Wyatt sitting on the edge of his chair, swinging his legs, watching with us.  I asked him if he wanted to come sit with me, and he grinned and shook his head.

And it struck me right then that my days of hearing "sit wif me" are limited. My boy is growing up a little more, getting a little more independent every day.  I regret not taking the time this past week to fulfill his simple request.

I still have a lot on my plate. My days are still jam packed with "to-do's". I still am exhausted every night. But the next time I hear that sweet little voice ask me to slow down, to just sit with him for a while, I'm not going to pass it up again.

 I never know what time will be the last time he'll ever ask me. And those times when I do pull him onto my lap and kiss his sweet head while he snuggles in with his blanket and sticks his thumb in his mouth?  They are fleeting. I want to enjoy it and take each opportunity that I can.  Everything else just isn't quite as important anymore.
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Anonymous said...

I love this, Callie! I just experienced this with my little girl this morning, although she can't even talk yet. She loves her books and prefers for me to sit on the floor and flip through them with her. Great reminder that these times will become fewer and fewer!

Shae said...

This brought tears to my eyes. So often we get caught up in everything that we "think" needs to be done right then. I, too, stop myself constantly to remind myself that they won't be little long, and I want to take advantage of evey minute they want me to be their snuggle buddy. :)

Lauren said...

This post mimics almost exactly what I wrote this morning. I love it when Elyse pats the ground next to her, indicating that she wants me to sit down. Or when she's really wanting me to sit, she'll pound the floor and say...Momma, Down!

Melanie said...

He's so sweet! We all need to take a moment and sit with our little ones..they won't be little forever and those moments will be long gone..as bad as I hate to think about it! I wish I could just press the 'pause' button on this age..don't you?!

Amanda said...

I was reminded of this post this morning when Natalie asked to cuddle as soon as she got out of bed. We sat in the rocking chair for a good 30 minutes and I was once again reminded how quickly those moments are going to pass as she grows up, so I want to slow down and make time to just BE with her and let the housework wait, let my to-do list wait, because that stuff will still be there, but my little toddler won't always be.

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