Track of the Day: 'This Moment'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

This morning was the first day of school for my youngest child. After I watched her disappear through the door, I drove to work listening to this song from Matthew Sweet. It’s a track I listened to on my first day of college, in my new dorm room, as I got dressed in a wrap skirt and bodysuit (because it was 1993).

That was before “being mindful” was all the rage, but it’s really what this song is about: “Nothing more, nothing less / Than the place that we are in.”

I remember standing in that dorm room and feeling vividly alive. I wasn’t thinking about anything except how it felt to be me, right then, starting that particular chapter in my life. One of the best things about having kids is that we get to experience those ultra-saturated first-time moments all over again.