Time goes so fast. Those little ones you cradled in your arms are soon grown and on their own. Those toddlers so unsteady on their feet are running marathons. The scratchy notes of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on the violin suddenly become Vivaldi concerti. And parents are left shaking their heads and wondering when it all happened.
Recently we were reading an often overlooked book in the Five in a Row curriculum. Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews, is the story of a girl who lives in an Inuit village in northern Canada. Eva had often gone with her mother to gather mussels on the bottom of the sea. But today, she is old enough to go herself. Waiting for the tide to be just right, Eva lowers herself down under the sea with her candle to gather mussels. Adventure and more than a little fear awaits Eva. But when safe in her mother's arms again, she cherishes her very last first time of walking alone on the bottom of the sea.
As we watch our children grow and find their way, may we cherish their very last first times.