Just caught some family pictures that were posted on Facebook by some people I knew years ago. These people were teenagers when I knew them, and then they got older, married and had families.
As I’m transitioning into that “older, married and having babies” stage, I’m understanding more and even seeing more than I ever did. I used to look at those pictures and think, man those parents look dorky! But, its like now I look past the “dorky parent” attire and I see the joy in their faces as they smile at their children. I’m beginning to realize that they are taking pictures because they don’t want to forget all the fun that they had with their kids. They like their families! I know bright observation, right?!?
I guess, it just that I missed that little fact of life growing up. I’m definitely seeing how I have taken my own family for granted and have only considered my needs.
As I contemplated my little daughters impending birth, I was confronted with the reality of all the sacrifices that I will either learn to make or I will be a selfish parent who doesn’t really love my child more than I love myself. The thought is definitely sobering. Do I have what it takes to love someone more than myself? And what if I don’t? It is just a scary thought.
Anyways, I hope that in the coming weeks, months and rest of my life I take the time to enjoy my family, both the “new” one and my family of origin. I hope I learn to really love them.