Thursday, 21 August 2014

Brief #ThePrompt

This week's prompt from Sara at Mum turned Mom is:


Not long after university, I lived by myself in a house that was purple on the inside.  I loved having my own time, my own space, and my own little corner of the world.  I was there for about 18 months, and now think back with a smile at that brief, but happy period.

And my university days, where I met some of my best friends, spent many an hour in the bar, and definitely not enough time in lectures, lasted three years.  Sometimes it felt longer than that, but now, over 15 years on, I recognise that also as an oh too brief period in my life.

And all those jobs I hated, and even the first one I didn't, didn't really last long.
So why is time elastic?  Periods that feel endless, with hindsight are actually brief.  As my Nan says, the clock keeps on ticking.  Time keeps on moving.

And so this is the time when my children are small.  Sometimes they drive me crazy.  Send me to distraction.  And I'm screaming inside because I don't want to play cars for the fifty millionth time.  Why do some days feel endless, when I know, like the rest of the world with its well meaning advice, that this period of my life is also brief?


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8 comments:

  1. Totally identify with this Cate! You're right, time *is* elastic and for every year older time seems to shorten - like when you were 5 a year seemed like an unimaginably long time because it was a fifth of your life then, but now, it seems to feel like 'just yesterday' we were packing up the christmas decorations. Imagine what it will feel like when we are old!! It can be difficult to feel like you are being completely mindful of the bigger picture sometimes when the children are this little and demanding but always worth remembering that we will look back with complete nostalgia!! X #Theprompt

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  2. Your Nan sounds like a very wise woman! You are so right though, there are those endless days that seem to last forever and then you blink and a decade flew past, it's almost a cruel joke. #ThePrompt

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    1. She is very wise indeed :-) Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Very poignant! At the time things can often feel overwhelming or hard or just plain unenjoyable...but over time we often look back with fondness, or a sense that it all went too fast #ThePrompt

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  4. It's like those last ten minutes before bed time dragging, but the ten minute lay in speeding by. Elastic is an excellent way to describe the passage of time. Great post x

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    1. Yes - 10 minutes in the morning and evening can feel very different! Thanks for commenting :-)

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  5. So true, time is elastic (great way of describing it) and you're right, however endless those games of cars feel, they will be gone far too quickly and we will wish that they had not been so brief. Lovely post. Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x Sorry for the delay in commenting/sharing, but we had a wonderful time in New York :)

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  6. This is such a great way of describing time! Yes, those games of cars can feel like they're pushing you to your limits but if you take that moment it makes you realise you'll miss it when he's a teenager. I try my best to remember that but sometimes it's just too much! ;) Great post. xx

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