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I am a bag lady.
I have a bag for my coupons, my Bible Study bag, a laptop bag, a gym bag, a donation bag, a we're-going-to-watch-a-ball-game-and-I-need-entertainment-for-my-kids bag, a library bag, an emergency-snack bag . . .
and, then of course there's my purse. 🙂
My kids also have their bags. They have bookbags and soccer bags, gymnastics bags, a gym clothes bag, their lunch bags, and even a special bag for drumsticks.
Our loads of bags sometimes seem to take over every nook and cranny in our home. (However, as I'm thinking about it, it seems my husband has no bags . . . hmph.)
Some days those bags get too heavy to carry, for both myself and my family. There's not always enough time to clip coupons from the coupon bag, dig through the Bible Study bag, pick up extra donations for the donation bag, and haul eighteen bags around with my kids to each event.
As we race between soccer and gymnastics and band practice I sometimes wonder “Why are we doing this?” And yet, we wake up again the next day and we all pick up our bags again.
Jackson, now 15, way back in 2011 taking our donation bag to church. I thought he was so big then!
But most of these bags are here for such a short season.
In just a few years the drumstick bag will be off at college.
The gymnastics bag may be stuffed under the bed.
And those soccer bags might just end up at our local Goodwill.
For everything there is a season.
(This hurts more than a wee bit to even type.)
If you're feeling overwhelmed today by the bags that you carry, know that it's okay to leave a bag by the wayside for a small portion of your life. If you can't clip every coupon, donate to every charity, and read every library book it's really okay. (I promise!)
Sweet mommas, most of these bags just aren't gonna last.
Embrace what you have, with who you have it, right here, right now, today.
Take a deep breath, gather up those bags, and focus on your favorites as you race them around town today. These bags won't last, but who knows what new (cute?) bags we might pick up along the way.
(When these bags all head out the door, I'm thinking I'll pick up a Kate Spade suitcase bag alongside a passport to just about wherever. Anyone with me?) 🙂
Leave a comment to share your thoughts if you feel life fleeting way too fast too . . . I love hearing from you!
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Wendy Briscoe says
Mrs. Laurie, As your life and your children’s lives moves towards further indepance from you and your husband you can look forward to other “Bags” Laundry bags from when they are home from college, and when they get married and have kids, Diaper bags when the grandkids come visit. Not everything is sad, and as your kids move from the nest, others will come in, maybe loved ones need a home to stay in, or you need to take care of an elderly loved one for a season. As this stage slowly moves to the next there are still exciting things ahead!! REJOICE!!!! 🙂 There are still other bags coming your way!!!!!
Love this! So true, it is a very short period that we get to share in their lives. Embrace it! Thank you for the tears and memories!
It goes so fast ~ that cute boy of mine is now 17 and will be a senior in high school. Crazy how fast it goes!
HI, Wondering if you can tell me where you got the bag with the kids loop for holding instead of a hand if not free? (there is a picture of it in this post) That is such a great idea!!!
Hi Buffy! I actually got mine at Disney World in Epcot – it was my one souvenir in one of the countries (Sweden maybe?) because I thought it was so cool! I haven’t seen any anywhere else though 🙁
Thank you so much for writing this. I’ve been a “bag lady” for a while now. I guess it’s how I compartmentalize my life on the run. It’s good to know there’s someone else who does this. More importantly, you reminded me today to enjoy the moment and this time in our family’s life. I’m driving around everywhere and it seems very monotonous. But, this too shall pass, and, in the meantime, there are plenty of things to savor.
You’re so right Kristie – there are so many things to enjoy right in this place – just often hard to remember that! Blessings to you and your family today!
Jann from Newton Custom Interiors says
So true! Take it from an empty nester, in a few years you’ll yearn for those bags…
I know you’re right Jann – that was so hard to imagine a few years ago but definitely feeling it more and more each day! Thank you for sharing.
Thanks. I have a jr almost sr. High school kid …. Well let’s just say I mee to read this message today.
It’s crazy how fast these years in high school go Kim – I know you must feel like it’s racing by! Thanks for commenting – so glad I’m not the only one who feels this way. We’ll make it though (and who knows what fun stuff is right around the corner!)