July 15, 2009 Edition

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Time keeps
on ticking

By Gretchen Hunt

I remember as a young child wishing time away.

I would wish for school to be out; I would wish for school to start back. I would wish for Christmas to hurry and arrive; I would wish to be a year older.

My how things have changed. Each week as we put out another edition I realize how quickly time is slipping away.

My co-workers have gotten used to me exclaiming in exasperation when I realize what the date has become - already three months gone, already half the year, soon it will be Christmas again.

Now, my oldest son, who is six, is always wishing for the next big event on his agenda to hurry up and arrive, whether its vacation Bible school, a birthday party or a ball game. I'm sure it often seems to him that the days are dragging by as he anticipates different activities.

Maybe the problem is that all of the adults' wishes for time to slow down are outweighed by the wishes of children for time to speed up.

Seriously, though, I know there are many reasons why time flies faster and faster as we get older.

Part of it is that we are busy with work, taking care of our family and managing a house and finances. A full day always goes by quickly.

I also realize that a day to a one year old is one-365th of his or her life, while a day to me at 33 is one-12,045th of my life. It's all about perspective.

Another truth is that we as adults have to make preparations for events that children generally don't even think about. Because we always seem to have a list of things to do before the event or activity, time seems to slip away before we can get everything done.

I know in reality, there is nothing that can be done to change the course of time. The seconds, minutes, days and years will continue to tick away faster and faster.

I still can't help but to wish a futile wish that somehow time will miraculously slow and I will once again be able to say "I can't wait until..."

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