The Days are Long, but…

Thanks to mommybanker for sharing this one-minute clip by Gretchen Rubin. I felt a tug in my heart as I viewed the video because the scene was all too familiar for a working mom like me.

Many times I would complain about the smallest of things and how I squeeze in too many tasks in a day and still end the day fretting over what tasks I didn’t get to do. As a working mom-turned-entrepreneur, my days can get really long, and I usually go to bed too tired to give my 100% attention to my daughter Zoe. Our bedtime routine of washing up, brushing our teeth, and snuggling in bed as we read Zoe’s favorite book of the day (or tell stories when the lights are out) had turned to just that, a routine. Last night, it wasn’t the best of days, and when Zoe pleaded for another story and then another, I turned her down and pretended to sleep, until both of us feel asleep eventually.

Gretchen Rubin’s insights made me realize that our storytelling time, as well as our other mother-daughter routines that may spell ordinary to some, is something I should cherish while it’s here. And that a few years down, when Zoe learns to read on her own and won’t be needing my help at all, I’d very much realize that yes, the days may be long, but the years are, indeed, short.


April 29, 2008. Tags: , , . Mommyhood.


  1. Pat replied:

    tinamaan ako with this post. It’s a great reminder. Thanks for sharing.

  2. onyxx replied:

    you know what, bedtime storytelling sessions are some of my fondest childhood memories. i think those are the best times to bond with your child because there are no distractions and you’re both in a mellow mood. think of it as the last memories that your child carries before she goes to sleep. it could even lead to pleasant dreams. 🙂

  3. nicemorning replied:

    Thanks for sharing this Tricia. I feel the same way cos I’m a working mom too. Pero yun nga…there are things that will not last forever so we have to cherish every moment we spend with our kids.


  4. baduday replied:

    Hi N!CE, kung pwede lang talaga we stay with them 24/7 no?

  5. kumareng grace replied:

    I’m actually dreading the time when I will no longer be “god” to Wendy…So no I am cherishing very moment, when she asks me to play with her, or read her a book, or when she makes paalam if she can eat pancit canton…I mean, time will come when all she asks to play with her will be her friends, she will be reading on her own, and she will go out of the house as she pleases without asking permission from me anymore.
    Haay…if she can only stay a child forever…

  6. baduday replied:

    Hi grace! “Dread” is the perfect word. Sinabi mo, if only they can stay children forever.

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