06/06/2013 11:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reflections on the Last Day of School

Everyone tells you it goes by in a blink of an eye.

And you hear that, and know that, and try to abide by it.

But it's busy and it's not often that you stop and take stock and indulge in a moment of reflection.

During those rare moments when you pause and look around, you realize that standing before you is a big kid. And you wonder, When did my little kid become a big kid? A big kid!

And its not just your kid. It's neighbors' kids, babysitters and family friends near and far.

There are celebrations of graduations: photos with captions like, "Off to high school, college, 5th grade..."

It continues. With more experience than me and a generation to boot, my friends' parents acknowledge the same thing, but with bigger milestones like weddings and grandchildren.

So, at this time of year, you vow to yourself, I'll pause more, I'll absorb more, I'll be in the moment more (after you figure out what that means, exactly). And you'll try, you really will, but it will get busy again.

So, all you can do is be busy. Busy and grateful! And when you can (and you can't everyday), try to see through the rest of the clutter and into that little life moment, that nugget of a special memory-in-the-making. Because those moments really are presented to you on a daily basis ... if you notice them.




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