Sunday, March 20, 2011

Oops! Time Passing

Last night - full moon
March 20, 2011 Slice of Life # 20

There was a moment yesterday when I paused to capture the afternoon in my mind. A group of photos wouldn’t have been enough. My husband & I were visiting our daughter, son-in-law & granddaughter because they were re-staining their fence & needed help.

The sun shone, it was the day before spring, we talked & laughed. Painting along, amid words of “oops, I’m dripping all over my shoes”, & “how are you getting between the cracks?”, my daughter & I talked, about her work & the new baby coming, along with important although small decisions like how they might arrange the baby’s bed in the same room as the older sister.

My daughter mentioned that the baby was moving, it was almost halfway to the birth, & we both said “oops”. It may seem like an odd response, but it is thought-filled, of time passing so fast. It is difficult to believe that they already have an almost two year old-walking & talking & climbing, are about to celebrate their ten year wedding anniversary. The cliché, seems like just yesterday, holds true again. I am reminded of the poem, “Little Girl Grown”, by Arlene Mandell. Oops.

Our granddaughter woke up from her nap; we walked all over the yard, looking for tiny green things poking up. She says, ‘green’ & ‘flowers’. I say, ‘let’s look some more’. We meandered, my daughter joined us, & her daughter showed her ‘flowers’, ‘green’. An afternoon of work & visiting ended with talk of how good the fence looked, plates of pizza & bottles of beer. Tired we were, time had passed again, but in a beautiful way. Oops!

Happy spring everyone!


  1. Isn't it wonderful how much writing captures. Pictures can't convey these precious ephemeral moments in the same way. What a lovely green spring slice for the family album!

  2. Love the picture of the moon. Beautiful. Children do grow so quickly and I try to hold on to each day. Wonderful slice about your family. The sweet conversation was great. MaryHelen

  3. Sounds like a lovely day. So nice that you have time to reflect on the moment.

  4. Beautiful job. It is so nice that you were able to help your daughter and her family while at the same time catching up. Time is going to fly and then you'll be writing about a new grandbaby! We'll look forward to reading that...

  5. I, like many of your other commentators, really like the visual images you create. The tone of this piece is so poignant. Thank you for sharing it!

  6. My daughter is due with our first grandchild in August. Sounds like they're really close in due dates. Thank you for sharing this slice. I'm working back in some slices, as I had only time to write for a few days and no time to read many.

  7. Sounds like you had a great time with the family. Kids grow up so fast. It's hard to remember later all the little things that touch your heart and soul. We always think we will remember but we don't. Good to write them down. I strayed away from that greatly in the past decade. Darn it.


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