I’ve always been fascinated with “time”. It’s a simple concept really. The world turns…the hands of the clock go round and round…and time passes. The movement of time seemingly at a snail’s pace when you’re young and then on the wings of an eagle as time literally flies by as one gets older. All of a sudden – or so it seems – you’re a grandmother. You wonder where in the world all that time actually went. And suddenly you realize there are only so many decades left on this earth…God willing.
A few weeks ago, I “babysat” my two oldest grandchildren while their dad was at one of the “March Madness” games in Ohio and their mom and younger siblings were at a swim meet in Minneapolis. A fifteen year old and a seventeen year old just aren’t interested in sitting on bleachers all day and so I was recruited.
We had a good weekend with a lot of laughter and fun activities. I had just had my cataract surgery a week before and couldn’t see well enough to drive yet. And so my seventeen year old grandson chauffeured us wherever we wanted to go.
On Sunday morning, I climb into the back seat (my idea) and my two firstborn grandchildren sit in the front seat on our way to church. Just then, I have a flashback: it is January, 17 years earlier. I’m in Indiana and it is snowing like crazy. My daughter is in labor two hours away. Nothing could have stopped her dad and me from making that journey of course – certainly not a snowstorm or icy, treacherous roads. Twenty-four hours of labor later on my precious daughter’s part and they are first-time parents. And I am, at last, a grandmother.
From the back seat, I observe my seventeen-year-old grandson driving safely. He and his sister are laughing, chatting about something. I pick up my cell phone and call my daughter at the swim meet. I want to check on my granddaughter’s progress in the meet and share the following amazing thought. When she answers, I say, “you know, I remember the day he was born and here he is seventeen years later driving his grandmother to church! What happened to all that time?!”
Tomorrow night is Junior-Senior Prom night. My grandson and his date and another young couple are having dinner at my daughter’s house. My daughter volunteered to prepare one of her delicious pasta dishes (with homemade pasta) and homemade rosemary bread. I’ve had them both and they’re delicious! I volunteered to make a large tossed green salad and a chocolate éclair cake for dessert. We’ll get dinner all ready with tablecloth and cloth napkins…and then disappear upstairs…after we take a few pictures of course.
Another milestone…another track in time.
If you’re curious about the number of times I’ve written about the idea of TIME, go to my earlier blog My Southern Heart and type the word TIME in the blog search bar!