In a matter of days, my son will be turning 10. Ten….how is that even possible? I swear it was only yesterday he was swaddled up in my arms a mere few minutes old. It was instant love. A love that I never knew I could have for someone. Yet, when I look at him now, I can’t even remember life before him. So what do 208 pennies have to do with all of this?
Recently I came across an article by Eryn Lynum, called How 936 Pennies Will Forever Change How You Parent. The story is about how at her son’s dedication, they were given a jar with 928 pennies. Each copper penny represented 1 week of his life until he would turn 18. It was a story about spending your weeks/pennies wisely. And this story resonated with me and when I went it did the math, it rocked me to my core.
My son turning 10 means that I only have 8 short years left until he’s officially considered an adult. He’s already more than halfway there. But considering the fact that I share custody of him with his father, that means I only get half as many weeks to enjoy with him. So 8 years is 416 weeks, and for me that means on 208 weeks left where he will be with me. 208 weeks! It really puts things into perspective of how little time we have in this life and how important it is to spend it wisely.
I once wrote about how I had been criticized for loving my son too much and I will never, ever apologize for that. The first few years of his life, I was deep into a tumultuous divorce fight with his father and feel like I lost of lot of that time being upset and worried about what was going to happen next. So I will not be made to feel guilty about enjoying every moment…every one of the pennies I have left.
We will enjoy cuddles and kisses, laughter, adventures and all kinds of fun. We will go exploring, we will learn new things and enjoy every single penny’s worth. I’ve already used up 260 of the pennies that I have been given in a blink of an eye. It’s bad enough I only get half the pennies that most parent’s get with their children, I don’t want to look back at my son’s childhood and feel like we’ve missed out on anything. I want us to live life to the fullest.
How will you spend your pennies?