They went really fast

We spent several days last week at my parents’ house by the ocean.  It was a wonderfully fluid kaleidoscope of activities and groups; we all wheeled through various permutations from all together to alone.  It was just a lovely few days.

About halfway through, Grace and I were walking alone and talking.  “We still have three days here,” I told her.  “Isn’t that great?”

“Oh, yes,” she sighed and grabbed my hand.  I adore that both of my children still hold my hand when we walk down the street. We admired the range of hydrangea colors at the next house we passed.  And then Grace said, “You know, it does feel like we have been here a long time already.”  I nodded.  “But also not long at all.”

“I know what you mean.”

“When you’re in them, days take a long time.  But then when you look back they went really fast.”  We walked for a few steps.  “Do you know what I mean, Mummy?”  She looked at me, and I stared back into my own brown eyes, blinking back tears.

“Yes, Grace.  I know exactly what you mean.”


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  1. Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    She’s your little girl, through and though… And that’s a great thing!

  2. Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    What an insightful child; already articluate in the depth of life. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  3. Posted July 12, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    She is a wise one. And yes, I know exactly what she means.

    Thanks to you both.


  4. Posted July 12, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Sometimes my kid will say something about relationships or GOd or something deep, and I am simply astonished.

  5. Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    For some reason this made me b link back tears also. Beautiful.

  6. Robert
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Your a very kind warm hearted soul Ms Lindsey, and Grace has insight beyond her years. I take it she gets that from you Lindsey?


  7. Posted July 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Is she an old soul or what?!

  8. Posted July 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Such a wise kid.

  9. Nicci
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink


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