Having three kids is really cool and helps you to be really present and aware.
We have a boy, a girl, and another boy. I like this birth order too because of the age difference between the oldest and youngest of the same sex. It gives me a way to view the present and the past and to use the past experiences to appreciate the present moments.
Watching our third child play basketball today brought back memories of all the previous games we have watched over the years. We’ve observed our kids try new sports, join new teams, make new friends, develop new skills, and move on.
Seeing Charlie’s focus and determination and passion was exciting to watch. The kids are getting better and better as they age and gain more experience. It was cool to watch him play and to compare and contrast his way of playing with the way his siblings played. I was remembering watching Christian and Juliana play too and felt the awareness that time has passed away – that they are done playing in the community leagues. And knowing that they are done, made me want to really pay attention to Charlie still playing. Does that make any sense?
I feel like having the “baby” connects me to the memories of my first born and gives me another chance to really enjoy their childhood. It makes me nostalgic and reminds me to enjoy the moments and to continue to be present because I can really see and feel how fast the times flies by. I was thankful that Christian was sitting with us and observing his brother, “coaching” from the sidelines.
Life is good.