ONE MARBLE AT A TIME
By Autumn Ward
I’ve been told there are 936 weeks in the life of a child from birth to 18. At Parent Cue, we use a visual of a jar filled with 936 marbles. The idea is that when you count the weeks you have left with a kid, you stand a better chance of making your weeks count. As you take one marble out of the jar each week, the marbles begin going down, you see what you have left . . . you get the idea.
I have 3 kids and the jar of my first-born has 4 marbles in it.
One. Two. Three. Four.
A cap and gown.
A prom tux.
Graduation announcements . . .
All reminders that there’s not much time left before the infant that entered my home 18 years ago will soon be leaving as a man.
Looking back, I can’t even begin to tell you where all of my 936 marbles went.
When I look back, it’s not the “big” moments that I remember most. It’s the smaller everyday moments that stand out . . .
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