12 July 2008

Slipping through my fingers....

I watched Mama Mia last night with a friend, and although we agreed it's really not the best film we've ever seen (and poor poor Pierce Brosnan, bless him) I have to say I really enjoyed it. Ridiculous, yes. Embarrasing, yes. But also very touching.

One particular scene struck me (the kind of "struck me" where you can't look at the screen because you know you'll embarrass yourself by crying like the soppy hormonal woman you are)? Hmm, OK male readers, but I defy you to be totally immune - especially if you have children.

Donna is helping her grown-up daughter prepare for her wedding day, and begins to sing (yes, it's that kind of film).

"Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile
I watch her go with a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that Im losing her forever
And without really entering her world
Im glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see whats in her mind
Each time I think Im close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sleep in our eyes, her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake, I let precious time go by
Then when shes gone theres that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt I cant deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned for us to go
(slipping through my fingers all the time)
Well, some of that we did but most we didnt
And why I just dont know

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see whats in her mind
Each time I think Im close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers...

Slipping through my fingers all the time

Schoolbag in hand she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile..."

Barely awake, I let precious time go by - neglecting the great adventures we always planned to have together and WHY? What a wake-up call to all parents. Plan an adventure today, because every second with them is so precious and we have such a short time to enter their worlds. Such a short time.

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