Photo Challenge: Alphabet

Alphabet necklaces hanging, vintage filter

Alphabet necklaces hanging, vintage filter

Necklaces hanging on a doorknob.

There was a time, not too long ago, where every doorknob in my home was adorned with necklaces. Mostly necklaces, but sometimes toys, too. Anything that could be draped over a doorknob would eventually find itself there. My kids’ idea of decorating.

This used to irritate me. A lot. But then it stopped happening, I suppose, because none of the doors rattle, clink, or get stuck when I try to close them anymore. At some point, the kids moved on to something else.

Kids are in a constant state of moving on. “This, too, shall pass,” is good advice, and usually something we tell ourselves in times of stress or annoyance.

But it also applies to the good times, and I try to remember that every day. As cute or as irritating their behavior may be, there will come a day when they don’t do it anymore. That’s both a relief and heartbreaking to think about, but, from what I’ve learned as a parent, that’s life.

There are no more necklaces on the doorknobs, but there are always exciting and terrible new things to come.

In response to the photo challenge: Alphabet.

24 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Alphabet”

    1. I know, right? It does sound like fun. It probably was. Writing this post actually made me miss it a little. Yet at the time it got on my nerves. Anyway, they are good kids and the terrible things aren’t so terrible at all 🙂 Here’s to the new and exciting! Thanks for your comment.

  1. Lovely photo. Very poignant, beautiful choice for the theme. I gave a different angle on the fleeting alphabet moments of childhood for the challenge.

    My two are still only young, but already I am totally with you on the dichotomy between relief and heartbreak when you realise that yet another cornerstone of their childhood has passed by.

    1. Hi Jenny, thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed it and can relate. My kids are still young too, and I try to remind myself not to rush through things with them and just enjoy the way they are right now, good and bad. I think I used to get too stressed about things that actually are pretty minor, but that I guess seemed like a big deal at the time. I’m looking forward to seeing your alphabet post as well, but I’m having trouble loading your site at the moment. It’s appearing as code. I’ll try again later.

      1. Hi Cynthia,

        Oh yes, I totally relate! There is so much to treasure and enjoy in going on the crazy parenthood ride, but sometimes I have to remind myself of that. Especially at times when I’m scrubbing crayon off the walls or clearing up an entire cup of milk which has been thrown across the room in a temper tantrum! But then we all have those moments, and I guess that makes the good bits all the sweeter. 🙂

        Did you manage to get onto my blog? I don’t know why it’s coming up as code…very odd!

        1. You’re right, the sweet moments somehow overpower the milk-across-the-room moments and make it all worthwhile 🙂 Yes, I was able to see your blog finally when I was on the PC. I clicked on the URL that appears above your comment in the notifications section of the reader, and I noticed that URL has your site name and /feed added to the end. I think that’s why it would show up for me on my phone. But once I deleted the /feed from the URL, I got on your site’s homepage.

          1. It’s just as well really isn’t it?! We do get plenty of drama that needs off-setting!! Thank you for persevering with checking out my post – I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for explaining the reasoning too. I’ll try to have a look into why that happened, so it doesn’t happen again.

  2. Aww, I remember I used to make something like this when I was a kid!
    I’m glad you appreciate it enough to share it with the rest of us.
    My alphabet necklace was the bomb too, just like this one!
    😀

  3. Nice to read. This post carries us into the wonderful world of children. They see fun and become very excited where parents generally don’t see much. May looking at times with the eyes of children can enable us to see more of the beauty of life. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Ngobesing. You’re right, it really is special to look at the world through a child’s eyes. I’m happy that you liked my post 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

        1. Aww, thanks for saying so! Yes, it’s true the time really does go so fast, the kids change so fast that I’m constantly reminding myself to treasure the good times. I think when I first became a mom I spent too much time stressed out over lots of little stuff, and I feel like I don’t want to waste time like that anymore. So I gotta remember to focus on the good stuff!

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