Stones on the miles

5 01 2005

This year marks a critical shift in the universe.

Okay. Maybe not the universe. Maybe just the solar system. But the significance of these events should not be overlooked or minimized. Irreversible changes are about to take place, and nothing will ever be the same again.

By the end of April a line will have been crossed, and there will be no turning back.

“Of what momentous circumstance do you speak?” you ask. (Yes, you do.)

Simply this. In April, over the span of a mere five days, Luke will turn twenty, and George will turn fifty. This means all my children will have passed beyond the teen years into full-blown grown-upness. And George. Ah, poor George. He will be old. It’s all so unbelievably chronological.

Oh well.

Today I was dusting the house, and I paused to admire a framed handprint that sits atop my computer armoire. I remember squirting out blobs of paint, coating an eensy, dimpled hand with the multi-colored mess, and pressing it onto a sheet of white paper. Once dry, I framed the print and recorded these words on the back: “Handprint of Luke Damoff, 20 mos. old. Dec., 1986”

Then I don’t know what happened. Someone must have distracted me for a moment, because Whoa! Suddenly we went from 20 months to 20 years. Crazy.

The good thing is I’m still the same me I was when I gently pressed that chubby baby hand against a blank page. The same me, only hopefully a little wiser, with a sense of humor that has aged like fine wine, and with a faith that has been strengthened by fire and flood. Many more blank pages have been filled with laughter, tears, love, loyalty. The book is a little thicker. A little more interesting. A lot more dear.

Time will march on, and there’s no tripping it up. So, here’s to the journey yet to be traveled and the pages yet to be filled. And thanks to those of you who come along for the ride — even if it’s just as a journal friend. Your presence makes it all that much sweeter.

♥ EZ


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12 responses

6 01 2005
milesprowl

“It’s all so unbelievably chronological.” This line reminds me of a Douglas Adams story and made me laugh. Very nice.

6 01 2005
milesprowl

“It’s all so unbelievably chronological.” This line reminds me of a Douglas Adams story and made me laugh. Very nice.

6 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Miles. I loved that line as soon as I wrote it. (Self-amusement is one of my more well-developed talents.) It’s nice to know someone else enjoyed it. :o)

I’m ashamed to admit I’ve yet to read any Douglas Adams, even though I crack up when people quote him. I’ve had Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on my must-read list for a long time. Maybe I’ll use my Christmas Amazon.com gift certificate and order a copy.

Happy New Year!

6 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Miles. I loved that line as soon as I wrote it. (Self-amusement is one of my more well-developed talents.) It’s nice to know someone else enjoyed it. :o)

I’m ashamed to admit I’ve yet to read any Douglas Adams, even though I crack up when people quote him. I’ve had Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on my must-read list for a long time. Maybe I’ll use my Christmas Amazon.com gift certificate and order a copy.

Happy New Year!

7 01 2005
Anonymous

One hot potato

Here’s my take.

You, as I know you, are ageless. Like Dick Clark. Don’t sweat all the aging. The cool thing is that you look about the same age as your kids. I’d say that about my self in some sort of weird vanity trip, but hey, I can’t at all look six years old.

So, by all means, celebrate! You’re one hot potato (I’m sure your hubby agrees, as well as all worm men around the world). I for one hope I look as svelte as you at your happy age.

7 01 2005
Anonymous

One hot potato

Here’s my take.

You, as I know you, are ageless. Like Dick Clark. Don’t sweat all the aging. The cool thing is that you look about the same age as your kids. I’d say that about my self in some sort of weird vanity trip, but hey, I can’t at all look six years old.

So, by all means, celebrate! You’re one hot potato (I’m sure your hubby agrees, as well as all worm men around the world). I for one hope I look as svelte as you at your happy age.

7 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: One hot potato

Thanks, dear. :o)

I did win the Miss Wormy World pageant. Of course we held it in our backyard with the compost bin as backdrop. For the talent portion, I did my impression of a juvenile bimastos tumidus. The crowd went wild. It was a proud moment.

As it is, though, my age isn’t really an issue. George is the old one.

Love you!

7 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: One hot potato

Thanks, dear. :o)

I did win the Miss Wormy World pageant. Of course we held it in our backyard with the compost bin as backdrop. For the talent portion, I did my impression of a juvenile bimastos tumidus. The crowd went wild. It was a proud moment.

As it is, though, my age isn’t really an issue. George is the old one.

Love you!

7 01 2005
jetpacknomad

Hey, my dad and I both turned 50 and 20, respectively, in the same year also! How bout that! Just thought I’d share.

7 01 2005
jetpacknomad

Hey, my dad and I both turned 50 and 20, respectively, in the same year also! How bout that! Just thought I’d share.

8 01 2005
jeannedamoff

And that was, what . . . about 15 years ago? ;o)

By the way, we have lots and lots of cats producing lots and lots more cats in our neighborhood. Lots. Just thought I’d share.

8 01 2005
jeannedamoff

And that was, what . . . about 15 years ago? ;o)

By the way, we have lots and lots of cats producing lots and lots more cats in our neighborhood. Lots. Just thought I’d share.

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