Archive for life

We all do it, you know. Distract ourselves from noticing how time’s passing. We throw ourselves into our jobs. We focus on keeping the blight off our tomato plants. We fill up our gas tanks and top off our Metro cards and do the grocery shopping so that the weeks look the same on the surface. And then one day, you turn around, and your baby is a man. One day, you look in the mirror, and see gray hair. One day, you realize there is less of your life left than what you’ve already lived. And you think, How did this happen so fast? It was only yesterday when I was having my first legal drink, when I was diapering him, when I was young.

When this realization hits, you start doing the math. How much time do I have left? How much can I fit into that small space?

Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things

How I’m spending my dash

Just over a year ago, I blogged about the passage of time and our perception of it. The older I get, the more I fear a day when I’ll look back and wish I’d done things differently. I don’t want to be like the character in one of the novels I read this summer: “He found himself infused […]

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Summer Vacation

When I was growing up, we spent two weeks at Orr Lake every summer. I have lots of great memories, but one of my earliest is of evening walks to the store for the daily newspaper for my Dad and treats for us kids. Here’s a photo of my mother and me from around that […]

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The Person I’ve Become

About a year and a half ago, I read Lisa Montanaro’s blog post, Looking at the Woman You Are Through the Eyes of Your Younger Self. It sparked my interest and I bookmarked it with the intention of leaving a comment after I’d had more time to think about it. Then, not surprisingly, I forgot […]

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The Passage of Time

The older I get, the faster time seems to go by. I don’t remember when I first noticed it, but I’ve definitely been aware of it since I was 40. Over the last few years I’ve heard people in their 20s and 30s express the same thing. I thought I’d figured out the reason for […]

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Away from my desk : the extended version

Scott and I don’t get away every summer, but this year we decided to rent a cottage, and it was fabulous to be truly away from my desk for an entire week. The cottage was equipped with wi-fi, so I I wasn’t totally unplugged, but doing a little networking on social media is as close […]

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Six words

In my early days of blogging, I was challenged to take part in a meme where you summarized your memoirs in only six words. Here’s what I came up with: Her mother’s daughter; her own woman. I was very excited when someone from SMITH Magazine, who have since published a series of Six Word Memoir books, asked […]

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You can’t always control what life throws at you, but you can control your response.

Julie Morgenstern, SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life

A birthday is just another day where you go to work and people give you love. Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy.

Abhishek Bachchan