Now Is the Time

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One morning this week my friend — I’ll call her Jill — and I were preparing to do some work together over Zoom. We were delayed just a little because she needed to finish up a phone conversation with her mother. Explaining her delay, Jill told me that she calls her mother twice daily. She calls in the morning and then again later in the day. She said, “It makes her happy, and it gives me peace of mind, too.”

Jill is a loving and attentive daughter. In addition to those calls, she spends hours each Thursday helping her mother with errands, and they have lunch together, not to mention the help she gives her at other times.

When Jill told me about her daily phone calls, she and I talked about now. Now is the only time in Jill’s life that she can do what she does for her mother.

Jill’s time with her mother is exactly like a mama’s opportunities with her children. We mamas only get to experience our children’s childhoods one time. We get one glorious, wonderful opportunity. We don’t get a second one.

It’s the same with our parents. We have to do it now — while we’re busy with lots of other things!

A Peasant Family in the Campagna by Pinelli Bartolomeo, Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt, 1807-1808

We never regret what we did for our children and our parents. We do regret what we didn’t do.

There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven—
Ecclesiastes 3:1


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