You know that bit that everyone always launches into when they see you with a tiny kid? The one where you get reminded of how very quickly it all goes by? How before you know it, the tiny kid will be six feet tall and sending you email from their semester abroad in Ecuador and you will wonder where the time went and how you ended up with a no longer tiny person who is so independent and capable?
Well, I'm starting to think that there is a fairly straightforward reason for the fact that even strangers in the grocery store feel a strong compulsion to give this speech to bemused young parents when they catch sight of a toddler riding in the front of the cart.
It's because it's true.