Today while packing up after a fun weekend in Salt Lake City, where we went to two meets to watch my daughter swim and hang out with friends, I realized this part of my life is almost over. I checked the swim schedule to see what meets she has left and we’re down to only a few.
This weekend, I reconnected with a swim mom dear friend who has a son starting his freshman year. It was like no time has passed since we last sat together at a meet — rather than six or seven years. We also visited my husband’s best childhood friend, Pastor Scott McKinney and his wife Sara, who have made this area their home and founded a church, Centerpoint Church in Orem. After his powerful service, we sat together at lunch laughing so hard we cried as well as solemnly discussing the world’s problems. It’s been a highlight to reconnect with these friends, visit our daughter — and enjoy this part of the country.
I felt more than a little sentimental this morning. I like it here. I like the hotel we stay in, the Little America, like it’s a second home. I like their coffee shop because it brings back memories of my childhood with their comfort food of open-faced turkey and roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy and their weekend prime rib specials. I like the cool crisp weather, the spectacular views and changing fall colors of the leaves. I like the tall buildings downtown, where you’ll find the City Creek Center with its glass ceilings. I like the friendliness of the people and the clean bright city, which has a small town feel.
It seems like we just moved our daughter in for her freshman year. She got a notice Friday that she’s been accepted to study abroad for her last bit of school, so we’re already thinking about moving her stuff out and driving her car home. How weird is that? Especially when I say we just moved her up here! At least it feels like that.
When my kids were toddlers, older women would stop me at the mall or on the street and say, “Enjoy it while you can, because the time flies by.” Knee deep in the daily grind of bottles, baby food, diapers, laundry, endless picking up toys and chasing little ones, I couldn’t relate. Now I believe it and understand. Enjoy the swim team or whatever activities your child is in like it’s their last meet. Enjoy the visits to their college town. It’s over in a blink of an eye. And will you really go back without them there?
It’s not like I thought it would last forever, I just thought four years would take a bigger chunk of time.
How have you noticed time flying by?
As a child, I used to laugh at the “old” people saying “My how time flies”. I now understand who the joke is one. Happy end of swimming to your daughter. Another milestone.
It is so cliche, the “how time flies,” isn’t it? But as we get older, it just goes by faster and faster! It was a very nostalgic weekend for me, but I’m determined to enjoy every moment of the last year of my daughter’s swimming.
I can relate! We thought the high school years flew by, but the college years pass just as quickly.
Thank you, Susan. I can’t believe how it’s all gone by in the blink of an eye.
A song I heard several years ago about young daughter’s journey from a father’s eyes explains for me the best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBWVWjdNWC0
Thank you for sharing, Paul. Perfect!