Since moving into my current house in September of 2021, life has moved along pretty quickly.  Between work at the station, DJ gigs, the kids, and more, I have not really had a chance to completely unpack.  There are still taped-up cardboard boxes and plastic bags piled in the corners of some rooms.

Over the weekend, I decided it was time for that to change.  I was going to sort through all those old bags and either keep the items or donate them.

There was something tucked away in the first bag I opened that brought me to tears.

Inside a bag marked COOPER'S OLD COATS, there were a couple of old winter coats, including a really nice (and probably really expensive) Karbon ski jacket.  There was also a ratty old leather jacket.  It is still in decent shape, so I plan of donating it to Goodwill.  Of course, before tossing it in the donation pile, I dug into the pockets and was surprised to find a few items from about a decade ago.

Zipped up in the pocket was a pair of baby socks and a pacifier.

While I cannot be 100% sure whose they were, I am pretty certain that they belonged to my daughter Denise.  Back then, I was typically out of work by late morning or early afternoon.  So, we used to spend a lot of time together. I had probably jammed these extra items into my pocket just in case I needed them.

I admit that, once I realized what those items were, I was emotionally moved.  That's my way of saying I was crying like a baby.

Denise is now 12 and doesn't really rely on me or her mother for anything.  She's a dancer, she plays several instruments, and she excels at her studies.  So, even though I am happy for the young lady she has become, it is still kind of sad to think that she is no longer a baby, toddler, or little girl.

So, let this be a reminder to you...  Even though changing diapers and dealing with car seats is a pain, there is no way to get those moments back.  Once they are gone, they are gone.  So, savor every moment.

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