I used to watch the kids scamper into the car, that is if they were going somewhere they wanted to go, otherwise it was a battle to find them. I would lean over to the driver whom ever that may have been, and say, “Drive carefully. You have precious cargo.”
Those days have long gone, and I would hope soon that they will have precious cargo of their own. I never took them for granted but sometimes I wish I’d spent more time, a lot more time with them, quality time that is. Even now I yearn to see them more often than I do.
There’s something very special about having my children by my side, even though they are well and truly grown up. There is no doubt they have endured many adversities over the years and I’m proud of them for the way they have risen above them. It also makes one feel proud as a parent to know that we may have instilled more values than we realised.
One never knows how one is travelling as a parent, and hindsight is a wonderful thing. I’m not here to give advise, but if I had my time over again, I’d give my children time, time and more time. They just want to feel worthy, important and loved. I wish I’d felt that when I was a child. I think I would have had a better relationship with my self and therefore others.
Alan P Jackson