Empty Yesterdays

My daughter loves to watch musicals.  It is one of our favorite things to do as a family.  Even as young as 5, she was captivated by every musical she watched (expect for Footloose for some reason).  The other night, we got blankies and piled on our bed to watch The Music Man.  I was struck by a quote from the show.

“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.”

-Prof. Harold Hill

It helped me to remember how important it is to spend time with my family.  Too often we work extra hard so that, some day soon, we will have all the time we want to spend with our kids.  Instead, we need to make the time now… because now will never happen again!

I keep telling my daughter to, “stop growing up”.  Part of me aches for her to stay just as she is in this moment.  It’s like I can’t get enough of now.  But at the same time, I rejoice in the changes… she is growing up so fast and I love watching her go from little girl to young woman.  I just wish I could somehow slow down the good parts and fast forward the bad.

I hope I can always live in the moment as a parent so that I never look bad at empty yesterdays!


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