I read a blog recently written by a mom of young children who got irritated by everyone telling her to enjoy the time she has with her kids now because they grow so fast. I understood where she was coming from because when you're living the days of constant feedings, diaper changes, no sleep, etc. you don't want to hear "enjoy this time". You have plenty of moments when you just gaze at your babies in wonderment and gratitude that you have them but you have a lot more time yearning for a shower or 4 or more consecutive hours of sleep.
My "baby" is now 5yrs old and I have moments when I miss the times when I could snuggle her up and breathe in her wonderful baby smell. But then I think about all the wonderful things about the little girl I now have. She is so much fun! She amazes me (and frustrates me) every day.
So I guess I think rather than being resentful when given that advice, I think that mom should have said "I'm enjoying my children every day. Are you enjoying each of your days?" I think the only people who feel compelled to Make comments like that are ones that have lost track of living for today and looking forward to tomorrow.
I enjoy looking at pictures from the past and remembering the good times but I would never wish to go back. I appreciate today for today. I try to make sure I always have something planned to look forward too also. It doesn't have to be anything big...just something.
I think my days, in general, would be mind-numbingly boring to most. I'm a home body who is happiest when everyone is hanging out playing, watching TV and eating together. Some days just getting the laundry done or having a morning with no alarm clock buzzing is plenty to make me happy.
So, I think "Enjoy this time" shouldn't be advice only given to new parents. We should all make sure we enjoy our time. Don't forget about the past but don't live there either.