How Did That Happen?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic
A little look at time and aging…

Submitted: June 28, 2008

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I don’t know what is worse; waking up with a tired mind from dreaming all night or waking up with this tired body of mine. Some days I just don’t feel forty-four. Most days my mind tells me I’m still a young man, an adolescent at heart and in spirit, but my body…oh man, I feel like I’m 84. The years of physical abuse have taken its toll. My neck snaps, my back crackles and my knees pop. I’m not a human; I’m a breakfast cereal. I wish I could wake up refreshed. The only time that seems to happen is when I’m on vacation, although that’s probably just pure adrenaline.
Well, here goes, rise and shine…big stretch…ugh. My feet hit the floor and I start moving forward. My next stop will be the coffee machine. I feel the need for caffeine. Today is my daughter’s last day of high school. She’s going to graduate. My first born child is going to be a high school graduate.
I can still remember her first day of school so clearly. I was working that day, but I had someone cover my shift for a couple of hours. She wore a cute, little, blue dress with a white turtle neck underneath, with bright white socks and shoes. She looked so damn cute. I have a picture of her from that day standing with me and my wife. It was such a special day, my wife cried as we watched our little girl go into the school. Twelve very quick years have passed and now she’s graduating.
Time is a funny thing. Sometimes you want it to fly by, always looking forward to another day. Wishing days away because you have something exciting planned. Other times you want it to stay still and savor the moment, but in the end, time does what it wants; it ticks away.
As the old clichgoes, it seems like only yesterday, I was starting my first day at school. I was seven and woke up very excited. My brother and sisters were already in school, they were older and now I was going to be like them. It was a new experience and I was looking forward to it. I couldn’t wait to be a grown-up. I would still have the weekends to do the things I did before, like riding my bike with my neighbor, John, or hanging with the kids in the neighborhood, playing kick the can and hide-n-seek. Looking forward to summer vacation, but that always went by way to quick.
I couldn’t wait to graduate and the years ticked away. I finally graduated and the years ticked away. Soon I was working hard, playing harder and finding love. The days at work were long, but the days with my love went too quickly. Soon I was married and became a father and time ticked away. To some, eighteen years seems like a life time, yet time ticks away and here I am at forty four and a daughter ready to graduate. How did that happen?


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