Particularly the latter CD. Because when Kenny Loggins begins his interpretation of "Turn Around," and you're folding clothes now too small for your precious darling, let's face it...you're done. D-O-N-E.
Even though these clothes need to be stored away for little sister to wear in a couple of years. Even though that precious plaid skirt no longer fits, but you remember how her little legs looked peeking out from under it, dangling in the backseat of the car. Even though you can't bear to put away her special Christmas dress, with the smocked & embroidered manger scene, complete with Baby Jesus in the very center...
Yes. You are completely done. The moment Kenny warbles, "Turn around and you're two, turn around and you're four, turn around and you're a young wife...going out of the door..."
No matter that she's informed you, "Gymboree clothes are for little girls, so I can't wear their stuff anymore!" No matter that she now prefers to wear black Chuck Taylors with a sequined shirt. (And her ginormous, monogrammed Vera Bradley messenger bag, of course.)And proceeded to cry the rest of the afternoon.
Because it seems like 5 minutes ago--rather than 5 years--she was thrilled to be wearing this "big girl puh-kin dress!"
Just reach for the box of Kleenex, my friend. 'Cause You. Are. Finished.
Sage advice that I'll remind myself to heed the next time I'm sorting clothes to be stored. I cried for a good hour. I then remembered this:
I defy you to watch this commercial* without tearing up. You have no soul if the tears don't well. Yeah, I said that.
*One of my favorite songs ever is Yaz's "Only You." Joshua Radin remade it--and his version is used in this commercial. It's gorgeous. Go to iTunes & download his Live Session redo of "Only You." In fact, download some of Joshua Radin's other music, too--I dig him a lot. You can thank me later...