Long Days, Short Years

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Long days, short years.  As parents, we all have heard this saying over and over, but it really is SO true.  Yesterday afternoon I spent a couple hours sitting on the deck of one of roommates from Bowdoin College.  Although we can’t see each other as often as we would like, when we do get together, it’s like 25 years disappear in an instant.

Usually, we reminisce and laugh about our college antics.  One of our other roommates had this red futon (remember it was the 90’s!) and every Sunday we would just unroll that awful thing, squeeze all 5 of us on it, and watch endless Real World marathons… those were the days!

This visit was different.  This visit we discussed how I am going to spend part of April vacation taking my daughter Gabby to tour several local colleges.  Honestly, my friend, who has slightly younger kids, and I couldn’t get over the fact that WE are the “old” ones now and our kids are about to embark upon their own red couch memories.

So, this is my advice (for what it’s worth) and please know that I am trying to follow it as well…  Don’t blink!  No, really, in all seriousness, I am there with all of you that the days can feel endless and that this school year of Covid can’t possibly be only one school year.  But, trust me when I say that these 16 years of being in the thick of it as parents FLY by.

To quote one of the many movies we watched on VHS over and over from that red couch at Bowdoin, Life Moves Pretty Fast. If You Don’t Stop And Look Around Once In A While, You Could Miss It.”  (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but I am sure you knew that already!)

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