At a recent event for the Beau Biden Foundation, President Obama reflected a bit on how quickly children grow up and how hard it was for him to drop Malia off at College.

He said it was a little bit like open heart surgery, read below via CNBC:

“It happens fast,” he said, as reported in a video posted by WDEL radio. “I dropped off Malia at college, and I was saying to Joe [Biden] and Jill [Biden] that it was a little bit like open-heart surgery.”

Even though it was difficult to move Malia into her dorm room at Harvard, he managed to hold back tears while on campus. “I was proud that I did not cry in front of her, but on the way back, the Secret Service was all looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose,” he joked. “It was rough.”

Moments like these may be melancholy, but the former president said they remind us of what’s important in life. “It’s a reminder that at the end of our lives, that whatever else we have accomplished, the things that we will remember are the joys that our children — and hopefully way later, grandchildren — will bring us,” he said.

Small moments are what make life meaningful, he said. “Holding her hand, swinging on a swing, listening to them talk about what had happened at school. Simple stuff, but ultimately, that’s what matters. That’s what you’re going to care about.”

“There’s no such thing as quality time,” he explained. “Every important thing — if you think about it — every important interaction from your child occurred because you’re there.”

Parents can support their children just by being present in their lives. “Half of life is just being there,” said Biden.

Wait till she gets married! le-sigh

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