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


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


  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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