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
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.