I feel rather redundant each time I say to myself – where has the time gone? Here it is Thursday of my week of vacation and I can’t believe the week is over half gone. I can’t believe the year is over half gone. I can’t believe Eliana is going to be 3 on July 11th! I wish I could slow things down just for a little bit…
That’s why I love writing so much. As the minutes turn into months, it is easy to forget all of those little things that happened in between. As we get older, our ability to file every significant experience away gets harder because there are so many other experiences to compete with in our minds. I love going back over my writing and having the memories come rushing back. It helps me feel like I get to savour life a bit more and slow down time - just for a little bit.
I may have mentioned before, but I keep a journal of letters to Eliana. I started it when she was 6 months old. In the letters I tell her what is going on with the family, what she is currently up to and learning, any significant events I want to share with her, and any random thoughts or plans I may have - much like a personal journal. I think it’s probably time to start one for my new baby girl, since I’m already getting a sense of who she is. The stories may overlap, but I think it’s important I write to them both. I think these letters will be something the girls will always cherish as they bring back time and memories that they may not hear or remember any other way. Time may keep on ticking, but the memories will be safe. I just hope that too much time doesn’t slip away in between writing to them! As it is, I only write maybe once a month to Eliana. I need to work on that! In fact, as soon as I’m done with this post, I am going to write those letters.
So like I said, it’s Thursday and this is the first moment I’ve had to sit and be still for a moment. Eliana is asleep on my lap so I have some time to reflect and plan. It hasn’t felt much like a vacation since I’ve had places I’ve had to be at certain times all week, but it has been nice to push the thought of work and the demanding project deadline out of my mind each time it tries to sneak in. One less thing to worry about.
I’ve completed about half the things on my To Do list for the week. The most important thing being prepping for Eliana’s 3rd birthday party on Saturday. There’s going to be a kiddie pool filled with bubble solution and huge bubble wands as well as a pool to search for sea creatures in. We’re going to have a blast! That’s one thing my husband and I do very well – we throw great parties.
That makes me think of a bumper sticker I saw the other day – “Enjoy life, it is not a rehearsal.” Isn’t that the truth! Nothing like reality to put things back into perspective. I hope you find ways to slow down time and savour life a bit more. It is Summer – the time for youthful fun! Be adventurous.