by singlemomseeking on March 29, 2010

“Someone needs to pinch you and wake you up, yeah?”

That’s what a single mom friend — whom I’ve known since our kids were tiny — told me this weekend. What she meant was: you’re still waking up to the fact that your life is changing, aren’t you?

Have you ever had that feeling in which you’re watching your life move in pictures, and you wish you could make each photo pause for a bit longer? That’s what is going on right now, as my little family grows a bit bigger. Instead of being in the here and now, I keep starting sentences with, “I remember when–” LG says that I love to reminisce, and it’s true.

How do you measure all these changes? After all, your kids are growing bigger every day, becoming more independent and pulling away. Maybe you’re putting yourself out there and making new friends. Maybe you’re dating. Maybe you’ve started a new job. Maybe you’re going back to school.


You can look back and see how your life is changing little by little, but perhaps not all at once. I almost want to put a sum on everything. Do you know what I mean? You can measure cups of flour and ounces of milk. You can measure miles and inches. How do you measure life like this?

Yesterday, my girlfriend wanted to know what I’m thinking about for my wedding dress. What color will it be? Will it touch the ground? Details! It’s about time that I started to think about this: size, height, and color. Sure, I can do that part. But I’m deep in thought right now. How do you measure the depth of a relationship?

Have you ever just wanted to put a number on something so that you hold onto it?

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