Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Passage Of Time
The days and weeks seem to zoom past at lightning speed. But sometimes, when we are in the dead of winter, not so much. Seriously, a few weeks ago I felt stifled by the season and thought I was on my way to Crazy-Town. Thankfully, Old Man Winter has begun to make way for spring and the weather has been more bearable. Minnesota is crazy like that.
But, just as my days fly by with barely a moment to take the day in, time lingers on for the younger ones in my household. On a daily basis I feel like I am being taunted and asked almost a hundred times some type of time related question. I guess they are still grasping the concept, whereas I'm just trying to grasp every moment and conquer all the tasks of a fleeting day.
Jonah's birthday is the end of April, so you can guess what's on his mind these days. He also knows that daddy's birthday comes in March, so in order to get closer to his big day we've got to get beyond daddy's first. I get questions like this one numerous times in the same day:
"How many more days until dad's birthday?......That's not bad.....And then how many more days until my birthday after that?.....Why does it have to take so long? Why can't my birthday be today?"
And then there's Lily who understands time to a greater extent, but focuses every little detail around time and numbers. This seems to especially come up around practice time on the piano:
"How many times do I need to do this exercise?...How many minutes has it been?...Do I have to do this one again?...How many minutes do I have left?"...
Time marches on, but apparently from my children's vantage point still not fast enough.