I see these two (and all the versions they were before) on their first days of school. I feel pride in the people they are becoming, worried at the challenges they will face, tender toward the ways in which I have failed them, hopeful that their individual strengths will continue to shine. I am grateful for the long years filled with memories that have lead up to these days that pass faster and faster. I have turned into the woman who says wistfully, “It goes so fast.”
It goes so fast.