Monday, October 5, 2009

Wished My Life Away

Eldest and I are alone for some quality Blockbuster-visiting time. We chit chat on the way over and he says, "Wow! I'm going to be 13. I can't believe it."

"You can't believe it? It doesn't seem that long ago that I was 13."

"Really?!" he says, so obviously shocked by that confession. "You've always seemed this old as long as I've known you."

* * *

I try to articulate how quickly time flies. I mention that I've spent so much time wishing my life away, that we all do it.

He doesn't understand that term, and I try to explain how it starts innocently enough.

"I wish it was already Friday and I was done with school." Poof. Five days gone.

"Why can't it be summer?" Poof. Nine months gone.

"If only I could be out of college and on with my life." There goes a few years.

"Won't he just stop crying?" Poof.

"I'm so tired of changing diapers." Poof.

Poof. Poof. Poof.

So forgive me, dear Eldest, if I want to spend these next few weeks enjoying the company of a 12-year-old boy.

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Michele R said...

Mine is 13 and I too can remember Sooo much about age 13. Funny how they think we are so old. Mine is not yet 5 ft tall. I was 5'4" at 13 and am 5'6" now. I can't imagine yet what it is like to be same height (per your post in July that yours is 5'2").
Anyway, those alone in the car conversations are the best.

Jocelyn said...

In, er, 22 sentences (I didn't count them cuz I's lazy), you manage to sum up all the wisdom we can ever hope to have. Slow down. Enjoy it. Live each minute. All that junk.

I love it!

D... said...

We do tend to do that, wish our lives away.... Poof. They are all grown up. :(

Jomama said...

GREAT Post. Good reminder to enjoy what is here in front of us. Isn't it a good thing that wishes really DON'T come true?

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

You're so right. We're in such a hurry that we never slow down. I'm getting ready to write a post about this very thing. Mind reader!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

What a lovely post. I feel it. I really do.

Jomama said...

BTW, love the smoke image. I keep staring at it looking for subliminal images of naked ladies...

Lori said...

Thanks for the reminder to slow down.


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