You’re Gonna Miss This

Jennifer Wallace

Tax Staff

April 11, 2016

In the midst of busy season here at PKM, I like to think back on life and although it seems to fly by, I’m always thankful for where I am today. If you are a country music fan (like me), you may be familiar with the song “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Atkins. Yes, it’s a sweet song…nostalgia, (blah blah) and all that.  And I can remember as a teenager thinking, I’m ready to grow up and be on my own; make my own rules!  And boy did that happen for me and fast!!!  And yes I do miss “this” sometimes.

But recently this song has turned into my life from a parent’s perspective because my daughter is now 15. She’s just gotten her learner’s permit (exciting for her, scary for her dad and me), she’s thinking about enrolling in the “Move on When Ready” program at the college near our house, and she will be graduating high school and heading off to college about three years from now.  She’s now the one saying “I can’t wait until I’m 18 because I can do what I want.”  And I’m telling her “You’re gonna miss this.”  And what I really mean is….we are BOTH going to miss this!

My daughter is on color guard and anyone that was in the band in high school knows, “Band is Love, Band is Life!” And we (my family) have definitely learned that to be true.  (I’m not chasing a rabbit here…this part has a point.)  She has band practice every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening and then the games every Friday night.  Plus there are at least three competitions that pretty much last all day on Saturday.  (Whoever schedules these competitions clearly do not consider the UGA games.)  But this routine starts in early August and goes through sometime in November, when football season ends.  It gets long.  And tiresome.  And in the middle of it all I long for a Friday night when I can sit on the couch and watch “Diners Drive-ins and Dives”.  But now that football season is over (or was over in November) I’m missing it terribly!  And she is too!  BUT, she’s made the team again so we start all over again in August.

I say all that to say, enjoy the crazy parts of life! They help you to appreciate and enjoy the times in life when you are able to slow down.  All along the way you are making memories that will last a lifetime.  And one day, you will look back and think, Man I miss those days!