The funny thing about kids is that they're growing, right under our noses. As we sometimes go overboard with our planning for "real" activities, and ignoring their requests to read in the process, they're growing.
As we shoo them out of the kitchen while we prepare their meals, they're growing. And they're changing.
It just happens.
We do all these wonderful things to create a memorable childhood for them. We take all these beautiful pictures for their albums. But sometimes in the process of doing so, despite our very best interests, we lose out on precious little moments.
"Mama come read Peppa Pig to me"
"Sorry love, I'm checking the bus schedule and the fastest way to get to this really fun place I'd like to bring you to"
Not that it's wrong to do all these things for the little ones that we love. But sometimes we just forget. We forget that yes they may enjoy indoor playgrounds and running at the beach but sometimes all they want is us.
For us to look at them when they say "Mama look what I'm doing!" For us to laugh and really guess when they say "Guess what the ocean said to the beach!" For us to clap at their dances, laugh at their funny faces, eat the pretend food they cook at their pretend kitchens. For us to join them when they say "Mama come play with us!"
Because, sneakily, they are growing, day by day. And one day, the kids that we know today, will be different. And we will never get these days again.
Just like how, without us really noticing, our country now sports swanky metallic bus stop benches instead of the 3-paneled orange ones we know.
So, childhood. Let's enjoy it.