The first time I heard this song was last spring while I was finishing up my last semester in college. I was preparing myself for all the excitement of Summer 2013 and for moving far away from all my family and friends when I heard it, and it really hit home. Because I could feel for the girl in the song, wanting the time to go faster so she could be married and so she could have a bigger house and kids, but at the same time (which is what made me cry) I could really feel for the person telling the girl to slow down and that while she’s very excited to move ahead to the next life goal, she will in fact miss this time. I spent half of my time wishing Andrew could come back home from Florida and I spent the other half wishing I could jump ahead to July when I got to finally move out of Maryland.
But right now, in this moment, although I love my husband dearly and I’m treasuring this time alone with him in Florida, I would give anything to make that time when I was just a silly college sorority girl come back and slow down. One more car ride with my sisters, one more fraternity party, one more spontaneous dance party with my roommates, one more work day where I got to spend the day playing with my preschool babies. Because now, on the other side of it all, you’re supposed to be a grown up, and let’s all be serious here. Growing up and being an adult sucks.
I’m lucky I get to go home to MD this weekend. I’m lucky I get to spend the time with my parents, fooling around with the little girls I used to nanny, seeing everyone in the town where I grew up. And you better believe I’m going to take advantage of every moment. The 32 degree coldness, the giggles, the hugs and cuddles, the car rides, the music that will be shared, everything. Because after this weekend I won’t be able to come back until March, so I’m going to savor every minute. This weekend is the perfect time to live in the moment 🙂