The final chapter of an artist’s comic series has been making its rounds on the parenting web, and there are few dry eyes in the room. Ours included.
Dan Dougherty, creator of the series “Beardo”, started drawing characters based on himself and his family members in 2006. Although he didn’t know it when he began sketching this strip, it would become the last of the Beardo series. “Once I saw it, I knew it was my mic-drop moment for the book and the series,” He told Huffington Post.
The comic depicts Beardo and his wife taking their two-year-old daughter for a walk. You see, frame by frame, scenes of their little one going from riding in the stroller, to walking holding daddy’s fingers, to running. That’s when it starts to grip your heart a little.
The pictures seem to pick up speed from there (too true, though, right?): Walking her to the school bus, walking her down the aisle, and eventually receiving the news that she is pregnant. It becomes obvious that Beardo is staring into the future when it snaps back to the present day, where his wife asks him if he’d like to put his toddler in the stroller during their walk.
“I just want to hold her for a little longer… It’ll be over before we know it.”
I’m not crying, you’re crying!
Whether you’ve just welcomed your firstborn into this world or are in the thick of carpool lines and team sports practices, I think we can all agree on one thing: it really does go too fast. It’s easy enough to get caught up in the chaos and the difficult moments, but let’s remember this, just as Beardo does: it’ll be over in a blink. Let’s hold them as long as we can.