I almost cried when I watched this. In general, I’m excited for my daughter to grow up and not nostalgic for her younger, less capable incarnations — but I couldn’t shake the feeling that baby Lotte was going away, or being replaced, and that was heartwrenching. I don’t feel that with Una on a day-to-day time scale, but seeing it compressed into seconds somehow magnified that sense of loss.
I think this video may be the first thing that’s really helped me understand Shin-Yi’s compulsion to immerse herself in and memorialize Una’s babyhood. It’s funny that, even though I see Una so much less than Shin-Yi does, I’m so much less sensitive to the march of time and development than she is.
Via Andrew Gelman.