“It goes by so fast…”
As parents, we’ve all heard those four little words countless times from grandparents, parents, family members, and friends. No matter how hard we try to cling them through the sleepless nights of infancy, the tantrums of toddlerhood, and the attitudes and inevitable cold shoulders that come with raising big kids and teenagers, it’s easy to often times feel like time is moving impossibly slow.
But, as one dad from Washington proves to us with his now viral video compiled for his daughter, Mackenzie, the time we have with our kids really does go by in the blink of an eye.
Kevin Scruggs has been interviewing his daughter after her first day of school for the last 12 years and recently assembled the interviews together as a graduation gift for Mackenzie.
In the video that has now been viewed 1.3 million times on YouTube, we get the opportunity to watch Mackenzie grow up before our eyes as she explains what she is most looking forward to that school year. In first grade, it was coloring. In sixth grade, it was being able to eat in her classroom. By 10th grade, like most girls her age, she whispers to her dad that she’s excited to “look for cute boys!”
We watch as Mackenzie’s hair grows from an adorable shoulder-length cut with bangs to a teenager’s long locks as her beautiful face transforms from a young girl into the gorgeous woman she’s becoming.
The video culminates at the end as Scruggs moves backward through time and wraps each interview by saying “I love you!” to which Mackenzie affectionately replies, “I love you, too!” (Enter ugly tears.)
Just the other day, as we sat down to dinner and my two oldest recounted their days at school, my soon-to-be first grader looked at me and said, “Mommy, I’m turning 7 this year!” Her words felt like a kick to my heart as the memories of the last six years of her life quickly reeled through my mind. I looked into the eyes of the young girl she was rapidly becoming, despite my overwhelming desire to keep her the 20-pound toddler with pigtails she was not so long ago.
But, as Scruggs’ video gently reminds us all, parenthood is a beautiful, life-changing gift that is full of love, laughter, loss, and the gradual, heartbreaking process of learning to let go.