As I was putting you to bed and giving you your bottle, I thought of this line:
“I will not pass this way again.” I looked it up and learned it’s from this:
”I expect to pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I will not pass this way again.”— written by a Quaker in 1869.
Many commentaries about this text focus on the need to do kindness and to be a good person. This is true. But obviously, I remembered it because of the line, “I will not pass this way again.”
I cradled you in the glow of your nightlight as you drank your bottle. Your little hand held my finger and your other hand stroked my beard, almost absentmindedly.
I thought about how wonderful and fleeting moments like this are, and thought “I will not pass this way again.”
Time is precious, little girl. The days are long for you now, but as you stack them together to build a life, they will pass with dizzying speed.
Be kind, yes, but remember today will not happen again. There will only be one day in your life exactly like today.
Tomorrow may be similar, but it too will be remarkable.
The sun will shine in a special way tomorrow, the birds will sing new songs, a fresh wind will blow from a different direction under a sky a unique shade of blue. Everything may appear similar, but it will all be brand new and fleeting.
Enjoy and experience every day as the unique time that it is, because you will not pass this way again.