Today, I sat across from my mother at breakfast and wondered, "Where did the time go?"
Eight years ago, Georgia was new to me and I was just a new fifth-grade student at Euchee Creek Elementary in Mrs. Peace's class. But now, I am a senior and wish that throughout the years I would have spent more time with my mother.
We are 31 years apart, which means the way we think is completely different. As the typical mother and daughter duo, we had the common disagreements and tended to be mad at each other here and there throughout my teenage years. But at the end of the day, I faced the fact that she was my mother, and when the world turned its back on me, she was there with her face toward me.
Freedom is all a teenager wants in high school. With the restrictions put on you because your parent(s) "said so," it makes you think, "I can't wait till I go to college."
But, see, I thought about that, too, at breakfast. Then I imagnined me being in my dorm room ALONE, in the car ALONE, and me sitting there at breakfast ALONE. At all of those moments, the only thing I would want is to spend the time I never did with my mother back in high school. It even made me mad for a while that I took the seconds I would never get back for granted. Seconds I could have spent with her.
So, this summer, I dare you to put down the phone, turn off the TV and spend some quality time with your mother. She is more important than you will ever know.
I love you, Mom.