"You should come to school and see mom...then you'll get it."
I did get it.
Driving down the highway, my ten year old had been sharing with me his frustration of situations at school he finds unbearable. Wanting to share with him how quickly life passes, I began a funny five-minute-speech about life, happiness, loving yourself and how quickly school goes by. And that, later he'll feel like he blinked and grade school was over. On the second blink, he'd be out of college. And that he should just be nice and kind and laugh and try to have fun every day and be thankful and happy he is a great kid (and has very cool parents)
I ended my mini-speech with..."What do you think?"
Without a beat my boy shouts, "8! I counted...only eight more exits till we have to get off."