When the days are long.
When I was a young boy it seemed like everything I wanted to happen took forever to take place, and once it did, it never lasted long enough. My mom always said, “Don’t rush things Ian, the older you get, the faster time flys”. I wasn’t buying any of that back then. Summer was the biggest gyp; two months of fun after ten months of school? The fact that I only got one hour of little league practice after hours of school was a complete rip! And the biggest test of my impatience was waiting 100 years before I got my driverslicense.. Ah… the injustices of youth. Now that I’m a dad I see the same feelings of being ripped off in Mia and Penna. Playdates in the park are waaaaaaay too short. Birthday parties end much, much too soon. Soccer practice just gets good, and then it’s over. Also there’s not enough hours in the day to explore the back yard. And bed time, well as you can imagine, bedtime is often met with tears of “I’m not tired”. This week my travels took me to Detroit, New York, and Chicago. I was out of town for six days, and in those six days, time flew. When I returned, Penna was using new words, Mia looked like she grew two inches. Regardless of how technology can keep you in touch with loved ones, Facetime can’t replace face time. In spite of a rigorous work and travel schedule, my family was never far from my thoughts. There’d be three or four phone conversations with an occasional video chat each day to keep abreast of what was going on at home, as well as to share the highlights of my day. I’d pass the time in the air looking at pictures of Erin and the girls. It was between pictures of Mia and Penna Mae that I realized just how fast time was flying. It was flying too fast. Waaaaay too fast. When people tell you kids grow up fast, they’re right. You just don’t understand the impact of that statement till you have your own kids and see it happening for yourself. When you’re young, the days are short and the years are long. When you’re a parent, it’s a completely different perspective with an entirely different hardship. It’s the days that are long, but it’s the years that are short.