Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spin Cycle: Time Traveling

Supposedly time is on my side. Yes it is.

That's what I keep hearing anyway.

Everyone remembers how slowly time went when we were little. It just crawled. One afternoon playing out in the backyard would seem like a week. The stretch from Halloween to Christmas was an agony of slowness. A year was forever.

Things have changed.

Now I blink and a week has passed. Let's not even discuss how fast the days go by. The last time I paid real attention to the date it was November, and somehow when I was looking the other way it became April. I wish there was some way to slow it down so I would feel that I was actually savoring the baby and toddler hood of my girls. I really only see them for a couple of hours each day and on weekends, it goes too quickly, and they're growing up between one breath and the next.

I take way too many pictures of the girls so that at least I can relive some of their baby moments. I was realizing the other day that I have very few memories of Elizabeth before Lilli came along. I remember her birth extremely clearly, but then I only have flashes up until the morning that she visited Lilli and I at the hospital. I think that is partly because I got pregnant again when Elizabeth was 12 months old and so I spent the next 10 being a little distracted, and that time went by so fast it was like it was on Fast Forward. It's really weird to be able to relive a moment I took a picture of but to not have a clue what came before or after it was taken.

Anyway, I'm holding out for a time machine. I apparently can't stop time myself (no matter how often I scrunch my eyes like Hiro from Heroes), so I need some way to go back and visit all the moments that are sprinting past me while I do necessary things like work and cook the food.

If anyone out there is working up a patent for this, please let me know. I've only got about five dollars to my name at the moment, but I'll invest it all with you.


This melancholy moment was brought to you by Sprite's Keeper. Please check out the other spins, and maybe make time to do a little spinning yourself!


Sprite's Keeper said...

Exactly how I feel! More responsibility means less time! Bring back the laziness of a warm summer evening when the sunset took forever and the only commitment you had was making sure you got up early enough on Saturday to catch your favorite cartoons! Wonderful Spin. You're linked!

Joanie M said...

I'll kick in for that time machine! I have $7 cash right now.
Great spin, Rachel!

Laufa said...

The older we get the faster life goes. Great Spin! I know I have missed a couple life moments, also, with my kids. I invested in a camera(like you), so hopefully I may catch a couple of those moments.

D.M. Wright said...

I wrote almost exactly the same thing in my Spin like your first two paragraphs! I completely agree!!!

Camille said...

Hiro-ku!!! Love that guy.

I'd get s huge kick out of a time machine.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Love your spin! I absolutely agree with you - time flies by way too fast as we get older...every time I blink the Princess Nagger has grown even more... :)

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

If you find the time machine let me know, I want in...