If you’re a parent, how many well-intentioned people have come up to you (usually when you’re frantically trying to pay for your groceries before you and/or your children explode) and said, “I hope you’re enjoying every second, it goes by so fast.”
Every second? Really??
Glennon Melton writes in Don’t Carpe Diem in The Huffington Post:
But last week, a woman approached me in the Target line and said the following:
“Sugar, I hope you are enjoying this. I loved every single second of parenting my two girls. Every single moment. These days go by so fast.”
At that particular moment, Amma had arranged one of the new bras I was buying on top of her sweater and was sucking a lollipop that she must have found on the ground. She also had three shop-lifted clip-on neon feathers stuck in her hair. She looked exactly like a contestant from Toddlers and Tiaras. I couldn’t find Chase anywhere, and Tish was grabbing the pen on the credit card swiper thing WHILE the woman in front of me was trying to use it. And so I just looked at the woman, smiled and said, “Thank you. Yes. Me too. I am enjoying every single moment. Especially this one. Yes. Thank you.”
That’s not exactly what I wanted to say though….
Melton makes some great points about the impossibility of loving every second, but the possibility of savoring the moments. If you’re a parent who has ever felt guilty about not enjoying every minute with your children, this is a hilarious and poignant article that puts the journey into perspective.