My wife found photos from son R’s (who is 18 now) 7th birthday, when we took a group of school friends bowling. The photos were adorable and hilarious – kids running up the lane, holding balls nearly as big as they are in some cases, gobbling pizza at a festive table… All the kids — who we still see from time to time except for the ones who are off to college — looked sooooo young. But gosh it seems like only yesterday.
When *I* was a high school kid looking at pictures from my 1st grade, I thought that was another lifetime, as that time had seemed like a whole ‘nother lifetime before.
Time really does accelerate when you are following your own kids’ lives. That was just (almost) 12 short years ago. In another 12 those kids will be nearly the same age many of us parents were that time. Wild.