The first thing they tell you when you become a father for the first time is to slow down and try and soak it all in.
“It goes by quick,” they say.
And you hear them, of course, but you do your thing, as new fathers should. You live your life and change those diapers and fall asleep on the couch with the tiny bundle in your arms on winter afternoons and life is pretty damn good, all things considered.
Then one day, out the of blue, you realize they were right.
It has rushed by, time has, in a blur and whoosh.
Parenthood is probably the greatest thing life has got going for it (with maybe the exception of a Powerball windfall, but I really wouldn’t know) and luckily, for most of us, we realize that pretty early on in the game, before a bunch of years have swept by us and we’re standing at a graduation or a wedding and watching as that little person who just yesterday arrived in these parts to turn our world upside down and pump new life into our veins walks out into the great big world on their own.
It is an astounding ride, I think, this parenting thing is, and one so worth riding, although it comes with it’s share of heartaches and bittersweet memories to be sure.
So in the spirit of parenting and time and kids, I decided to commemorate Father’s Day this year by combing the web and collecting a bunch of the coolest, funniest, and most touching ‘Now and Then’ photos of Dads and their kids that I could find.
Looking at them, I am reminded that although this remarkable journey sometimes seems long as hell when we’re stuck there standing in the middle of it, we need only see with our own eyes how the passage of time is reflected in these kinds of pictures to remember to live every single day to the best of our abilities.
These pictures all made me smile for one reason or another and I hope they do that for you, too.
Happy Father’s Day, fellas.
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