Tempus Fugit

 I blinked and they were in school.

When a neighbor commented to me

after our son was born: “before you

know it, he’ll be in school.”

It sounded odd when she made

the comment.  I thought to myself that

she was simply jumping the gun so

to speak.  I had plenty of time before

he would be in school.  I blinked and

he was off to kindergarten.  How can that be?

When our daughter was born a few years

later, I still thought I had time until she

was in school.  Not so.  I blinked again

and soon school was in Germany this

time.  One entire year.  We had plenty

of time.  Not so.  I blinked again.

Several blinks of the eye later, we

were back in school in Germany.

One more year.  Plenty of time.

Not so.  I blinked again. Tempus fugit.

Hard as it may be to accept,

Our two children graduated high school

and college. A few more blinks

and they finished grad school,

moved away and worked in other

states.  How is that possible?  Did

I blink and forget the time?  It seems

to move slowly when we want it

to move quickly and vice versa.

I blinked and they married.  My

reflection in the mirror is now

older, wiser and more tired.

I delight telling new parents

holding their newborns to

watch out and remember not to blink.

Before they know it, their kids will be

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in school too.  Time just seems to

fly all too quickly now.  Tempus fugit.

We cannot make it slow down so

blink, live and enjoy life to the fullest.

 

 

 

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18 Responses to Tempus Fugit

  1. Russell says:

    Oh how true it all is!

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  2. Erica/Erika says:

    Hi Mary Ann, I had to look up your title and it fits perfectly. We think we have plenty of time and then we blink. A moving post that left me brimming with tears. Tempus Fugit. Beautiful photos of a beautiful family.❤️ Erica

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  3. Oh so true… ❤ Counting our blessings! Love your photos, Mary Ann. xoxoxoxo

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  4. Arno Bode, Cologne, Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    beeindruckende Betrachtung ! Genieße bewußt jeden Augenblick des Lebens . Behalte die glücklichen Momente in Erinnerung. Familienleben und glücklich sein ist durch nichts zu ersetzen. Dir , liebe Mary Ann, Russell und Deinen Kindern eine schöne unbeschwerte Zeit. Paßt auf Euch auf und bleibt gesund !
    Alles Liebe und Gute für Euch !
    Herzliche Grüße aus Germany
    Dein Arno

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  5. Tom says:

    Time does go by fast and seems to accelerate as you get older. I cherish these memories and humbly look forward to new ones, enjoying the little moments each day. Thank you for sharing this poem!

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    • Tom, thank you for such an insightful comment. It is true that time seems to accelerate as we age. I am happy that memories are ones to cherish for you. Live each moment to the fullest. Be well and happy. Enjoy the weekend. oxox

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Tempus fugit. How true!

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  7. Emily says:

    I agree time moves too quickly I can’t believe it myself that we are so grown up! I certainly cherish every minute and love looking at all the photos and beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing! Xoxo

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  8. Darlene says:

    This is so true. I blinked and now I have 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren!! What a lovely family you have. xo

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