First Times

This #MadCovidDiary is a reblog from @MyNewMummyLife’s awesome blog!

I remember the first time I took my son to the park,

Seeing the huge smile on his face when he discovered the joy of the swings.

I remember the first time he felt confident enough to try out the slide,

Seeing the excitement in his eyes when he realised how much fun he would have.

I remember the first time I took my daughter to a sensory play group,

Seeing her gaze up at the multicoloured lights on the ceiling,

Whilst feeling a soft, silky scarf gliding gently across her face.

I remember the first time she smiled up at her granddad,

Feeling content in his arms,

whilst taking in the surroundings of his home.

I remember the first time I took my son to nursery,

Seeing the uncertainty in his eyes,

but also knowing he would enjoy himself once he’d settled in.

I remember the first time he excitedly ran in to the nursery and said goodbye to me with ease.

I felt proud of him,

Knowing that he would be learning new things everyday and making new friends.

I remember the first time we took him to feed the ducks,

The first time we took him to play on the beach,

The first time he chased after dogs in the park,

And the first time he walked outside on the grass.

I remember planning on taking my daughter swimming for the first time,

Letting her see the sea for the first time,

Showing her how to play on the swing for the first time,

And letting her wander around the toy shop with her big brother for the first time.

I remember a time when I didn’t know that those first times would become first times all over again.

That my son would have his first time on the swings again, at the same time his sister would have her very first time on the swings.

That they would enjoy playing in the soft play area together for the first time,

And enjoy feeding the ducks together for the first time.

I remember the first time I realised the impact that a lockdown would have on my children,

And I will always remember the first time we are allowed to go see their granddad together, when the lockdown is over.

I will cherish the chance to have those first times again.

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