There’s a poignant new post on badass working mom Pink‘s Instagram that’s reminding us all not to take our parents’ presence in our lives for granted, especially as we start raising our own families.
Earlier today, Pink shared a heartwarming photo, taken several years ago, where her daughter, Willow, now 8, was a toddler. Willow is sweetly kissing Pink on the cheek. Though it’s a cute moment, what’s particularly special about the pic is who sent it: Pink’s father, Jim Moore. And it made the singer, who is also mom to son Jameson, 2, whom she shares with husband Carey Hart, come to a big realization.
“I can’t believe how little she was. How simple it was. When I got grown, I moved as far away from my family as I could while still being in the same country. And now, I wish I lived next door,” the singer, who grew up in Pennsylvania, wrote.
How many of us felt the same way and couldn’t wait to leave home when we were younger? Everyone, right? Right.
She also reflected on how wonderful it would’ve been to raise her kids with her parents nearby. “I wish my kids could walk to their house and have a cookie I wouldn’t approve of. I don’t believe in regrets, but I do believe in growth, and change. And I miss my dad,” the Grammy-award-winning artist concluded.
Pink has been open in past posts about the close bond she shares with her father. On Father’s Day (2019), she dedicated an Instagram post to him, mentioning all the support he’s given her throughout the years. When she considered a divorce from her husband (they never did the paperwork and ultimately reconciled) and paparazzi were saying cruel things to her, she called her dad for support. Being that Pink was in New York and her dad was in Pennsylvania, he immediately took a three-hour train ride to be there by her side and comfort her.
“… He has been my person all of my life. He has fought monsters in my closet, and monsters that posed as principals in school buildings, you name it. He has taken on the world for and with me, no questions asked. He made me feel important. He made me think I was worth loving. He taught me how to do it all myself. And when no one else was there, he told me to love myself. I thank my stars for this man, that he was strong enough not only to fight his own monsters but mine too, and now my kids. I love you, Daddy Sir …” she wrote.
In a 2018 interview with People, she credited him for raising her to be true to herself and having the mentality that, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Don’t be the sheep.”
In the comments section, many expressed that they too missed having their parents nearby. Several also reminded the singer that the decisions we make are meant for growth, which is the most important thing.
One user wrote, “[We] only miss the sun when it starts to snow, right? 💕 I can relate to this so much. I also moved away from my family 10 years ago but at that time it was the best decision I made to find my own happiness. Now, years later I also wished my kids were closer to their grandparents but still … I wouldn’t want it any other way. We’ve all found our true selves in the end and that’s what really matters.”
Another commented, “Regret is the worst. If you hadn’t chosen the path you chose—to move away—you wouldn’t appreciate your parents as much. You are who you are (uh—amazing!) because of your choices and now you get to teach and share that with your children. And allowing them to make choices too will turn them into amazing adults. Sounds like you have amazing parents.”
Looking back on Pink’s career and where she is now, we wholeheartedly agree.