If you’re a person of a certain age, perhaps you’re familiar with the moment when you look out your window and see the person next door hopping into her car and driving away when you realize that it’s the little kid that was selling you Girl Scout cookies just a day or so ago. Except, of course, it wasn’t a day or so ago.
This is the day of the year when the president pardons a turkey at the White House and for seven years, Malia and Sasha Obama have been good soldiers for the photo-op. Today was no different. They stood by their father’s side for the cause of tradition on the day we realized — again –that time moves on, and little kids grow up too fast.
You’ve got some serious Empty Nest Syndrome ahead, sir.
All photos via the Associated Press.
Related: The Strange Truth Behind Presidential Turkey Pardons (NPR)