It's Lydia's birthday today and now she is the grand old age of seven (although she insists that while she is seven in English, she's eight in Greek - they count age differently in Greek). It's scary how quickly the years pass. It seems like only yesterday that I was holding this tiny doll - like creature in my arms at the maternity hospital. And there she is now, tall, smart and confident, soon to enter her second year of primary school.
There is a scene in Lost in Translation in which Bob, an older, jaded Hollywood actor is explaining to Charlotte, a twenty - something would-be photographer about being a parent,
BOB - It's the most terrifying day of your lifeWhich just about sums up what being a parent feels like.
the day the first one is born.
CHARLOTTE - Yeah. Nobody ever tells you that.
BOB - Your life,
as you know it,
Never to return.
But they learn how to walk,
and they learn how to talk, and...
and you want to be with them.
And they turn out to be the most...
you will ever meet in your life.