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Slipping Through My Fingers

This week my daughter turned eleven.

Last night she had her first ever, awake-over sleep-over party.

Slipping Through My Fingers

~ Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson

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 I’m losing her forever

and without really entering her world
I’m 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 what’s in her mind
each time I think I’m 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 she’s gone,

there’s that odd melancholy feeling
and a sense of guilt I can’t deny
what happened to the wonderful adventures

the places I had planned for us to go
well, some of that we did, but some we didn’t
and why, I just don’t 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 what’s in her mind
each time I think I’m 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……………

Mama Mia!

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  1. April 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Great post Karen! I guess you know taking pictures and videos is our only hope. I know you know this. I loved that movie, Momma Mia?. So, is ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ and ABBA song then?

    • April 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Thank you, Andy ~ I always welcome your comments & appreciate your reading. And Yes!! It is an ABBA song.

      • April 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Ms. Karen, have you ever done a Guest post’? Do you have the time? My time is stretched right now with birthdays and parents in town. I would be honored if you wanted to fill a page for me. If you don’t have the time I understand. ~I have no time 😦

      • April 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

        Andy – I’ve never guest posted & am a little stretched myself – kids are off of school this week but I can try to put something together if I have a few days. When were thinking and what are the requirements? (Oh and wow, thanks for thinking of me!!!!) Here is my email kavst@aol.com. ~ Karen

  2. jen
    April 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Can’t even believe how much that made me cry.

  3. April 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I hear you Jen. I have the same reaction every time I hear or read these words. Thank you so much for reading & commenting and sharing your lovely little girl w/ me last night!! Love them!!!

  4. April 3, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Well, I’ve learned my lesson (for today) about reading posts on my lunchbreak! I got to the end and my eyes were about to burst forth with teardrops of every size and shape. Anyhow, with a few hard swallows I closed this wonderful share to return to it tonight where if I felt like crying I could just full-on ball my head off. 🙂 And, I could listen to the song whilst I write-even better. I completely relate as I watch my little one grow into her own more and more. Happy Birthday, Hannah. A sweet and rich heart that I can feel from hundreds of miles across the country. XOXO

    • April 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Thanks so much Kasey. I really truly do try to capture maybe not every minute but many minutes. Love & NY hugs to you & yours……xoxox

  5. April 3, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Hmmmmm, not sure what happened to my icon…but you know it’s me. 😉

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