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My How You've Grown

I started drawing in chalk in the driveway when my girls, who are now almost 15 and 12, were just this little. Back then, choosing which princess stick figure we’d make that day and whether it would be peanut butter or turkey for lunch were their toughest choices.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the world-renowned Chalk Festival in Venice, Fla., this weekend, where the theme was “Evanescence/Everlasting” — temporary and permanent. As I drew my girls, the old 10,000 Maniacs song "How You've Grown” kept playing in my mind with Natalie Merchant’s refrains:

“No little girl can stop her world to wait for me.”

“At your age, in a string of days, the year is gone.”

“You’re frozen in my mind as the child that you never will be again.”

For a guy who chalks mostly TV show characters and sports superstars, this piece had a lot more meaning — enjoy those babies, because they grow up too fast. Love you, Jaycie and Jenna.

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