What is that cliché? The days go so slow but the years go so fast. No one understands this more than a parent.
Singer Nichole Nordeman shared a little reminder on her Facebook page this week in the form of a video that will make you ugly cry right in time for Mother’s Day. I’m not being dramatic here, get your tissues. Nothing makes a mother weep faster than a video reminding her that her children are growing faster and faster and further and further away from her each day, careening toward that inevitable moment when they leave the house and you’re left staring at pictures of them as a baby, hoping they’ll remember to call that week and — oh, sorry. Just me?
Won’t you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it’s all too fast
Let’s make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Here’s to you
Every missing tooth
Every bedtime story
Here’s to Barbie cars, light saber wars
Sleeping in on Sunday
Had to crawl
Before you walked
Before you ran
Before I knew it
You were teaching me
The only thing love can
Hold hands through it
When it’s scary, you’ve got me
Ughhh. Kill me now.
“I don’t know of a more uttered or whispered phrase from a mother of any age, about her child of any age, than ‘It’s going by too fast.’ I feel like I spend my life trying to slow time,” Nordeman writes under her video post. “Trying to celebrate the growth and the milestones of my children, and then secretly day dreaming about building a time machine in my garage, so I can return to rocking my babies at midnight.” Yup. Guilty.
“If you’ve ever looked at your child running across a field, or striding across a graduation stage, or walking down the middle aisle of a church clutching a bouquet, you’ll know why this song is special to me,” she writes. “Please enjoy the video… remembering the moments we wish we could slow down, and sharing them with those we love most.”
I’m not crying. YOU’RE crying.