Parents, don't Listen to ABBA's "Slipping Through My Fingers"

It was Saturday morning, woke up very early in the morning and while I was writing an article requested by one of my clients, I decided to play some of my favorite songs via Youtube. I grabbed my buds and played one of the suggested vids. I don't know how this song "Slipping Through My Fingers" came on the list because I have never played this song ever since. But the intro caught me, and made me freeze throughout the first stanza:

"Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morningWaving goodbye with an absent-minded smileI watch her go with a surge of that well-known sadnessAnd I have to sit down for a while."

Tears came flowing freely as I listen to the 4-minute song, because it is ME and my KIDS.

Slipping Through my Fingers is a song by the Swedish band ABBA, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The song was first released in 1981 and was featured in the album "The Visitors".

The song is a nostalgic ballad that explores the bittersweet emotions of a parent watching their child grow up and gradually slip away from their grasp. The lyrics describe the mother's feelings of both pride and sadness as she watches her daughter mature and become more independent.

The opening lyrics set the tone for the song: "Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning, waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile." The mother watches as her daughter goes off to school, realizing how quickly time has passed and how much her child has grown.

The chorus repeats the phrase "slipping through my fingers all the time" to describe the feeling of the child's youth and childhood slipping away from the mother. The verses then explore specific memories and moments, such as the daughter's first day of school, the mother braiding her hair, and the child's first love.

Overall, the song captures the bittersweet emotions of parenthood, the joy of watching a child grow and mature, and the sadness of realizing that time is fleeting and that children will eventually become adults and lead their own lives.

Parents, don't listen to this song - FEEL it. You'll realize that our kids are growing up so fast that sometimes we can no longer catch up because we want to provide for them and fulfill all our responsibilities for the family. But always find time to make them feel your presence while they are young, spend time with them, hug them, kiss them, say "I Love You" to them.

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