We've all heard the expression "the days are long but the years are short," when it comes to parenting. And as most parents can tell you, it's pretty accurate. It feels like one minute you're bringing your new baby home and you can barely get through the day....and then you blink and you're sending your kids off to college, or watching them walk down the aisle and starting the whole cycle of life all over again.
That feeling is hard to put into words, but images tell the story perfectly—at least the ones seen in this particular comic strip do.
Artist Dan Dougherty (who created comic series Beardo) created the strip, which features a man and his young daughter in the first frame. The strip contains images of the man and the little girl as she moves through childhood, then adulthood and eventually motherhood.
Unlike most comic strips, which tell small stories and show action contained to a short moment in time, this one perfectly exemplifies how quickly life moves. It's even more poignant when you consider that this is Beardo's final strip—and that the artist reportedly used his own family as inspiration for the work.
Dougherty shared an image of the strip on his Facebook page, and not surpisingly, it's earning lots of attention. He's even selling prints of the tear-jerking images on his site. The comic is touching the artist's fans—and Dougherty, a father himself, understands why.
"The reaction to the last strip was more than I could have ever hoped for. It's reached all across the world, has been shared on social media tens of thousands of times, has been translated into several languages...it seems to have taken on a life of its own and I couldn't be more grateful or happier about it. What I like most is seeing people tag someone they care about in it, which to me means that my little comic strip gets to be a way to express a positive feeling between people, and it doesn't get any better than that," Dougherty told Parents.com. "Parenting has certainly made me more appreciative of my art, since they are both full-time jobs for me. So when I go into my studio I definitely have more of a drive to make the most of my time so I can get back to my kiddo."