I took my now 11 year old daughter
to the library
to pick up some books for a school project
Standing at the parking meter
She: Um, dad, you put that last quarter in the dollar slot.
Me: It's been a long day and I'm getting a bit tired. I'm not thinking straight anymore.
I fumble for more change
She: Here, take one of mine
She hands me a quarter.
I turn to look at her and notice that she is taller than my shoulder.
Me: When did you grow so tall?
She (with a small smile): I'm standing on my tippy toes.
I smile at her, relieved.
Me: Stop that. You're making me feel old.
You have children. You work hard to support them and give them all the material things. It takes most of your time. When you are home, they are usually asleep. Then one day while you are out with them somewhere, you turn around and suddenly notice that they are growing up. Scary.