There are alot of things in the world I’d like to bottle up and save for when I really, really need (or want) it. Like the smell of banana bread right when it comes out of the oven, before it gets devoured by my always seemingly hungry kids (aka, “The Eating Machines”). I’d like to bottle up memories that hit my heart and make me smile, the smell of our Christmas tree the day it comes into our home and before it gets festooned with 6 trunkloads of decorations… you know, typical stuff.
But most of all I’d like to bottle up time. Sometimes I wish it would stop, sometimes I wish I could save it up like pennies in a piggy bank and use it up all at once. And sometimes I wish I could just go back in time. Never forward though, don’t need to see anything there, thank you very much.
And the reason WHY I’d like to have Time In A Bottle? Because it disappears so freakingly fast. SO FAST! Before our kids were born, our friends who already had kids told us, “Just you wait, once you have kids then you’ll understand the phrase “How time flies”. And they were right. One of our kids is a teenager now, and yet is seems like it was not long ago that she was just a little baby coming home from the hospital. I don’t feel like it’s been that long of a time, but it has. It really, really has. Looking at pictures of our youngest, I remember taking those photos yet he looks so different and grown up now. So fast, so very fast.
I didn’t make any resolutions for 2012, but I am going to try and do something different this year.
I’m going to stop taking advantage of time.
All of those times when I’ve thought “Oh, I’ve got 30 minutes between coming home from school and having to leave for soccer practice, I’ll put a load of laundry in or answer some emails.” Instead I need to take that 30 minutes and appreciate my life, my family and my kids. Because once that 30 minutes is gone, it’s gone.
You can only multi-task so much, eventually you have to stop juggling. You need to take time, because it doesn’t wait around… it just keeps going and going and going. What’s that saying, “Time waits for no one”? Damn straight…