So late so soon

Carla with clocks Dec 2002

Carla with a wall full of clocks at a bed and breakfast inn
in Placerville, California, December 2002.

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Dr. Seuss

My sister Carla has been teaching children for nearly 40 years, and she shares my love for Dr. Seuss and all his wonderful, eminently sensible nonsense.  With deceptive simplicity, his rhymes capture some fairly deep concepts along with more mundane sentiments all of us feel, such as the one above.

You are probably wondering, as I am, how on earth the past year has slipped away so quickly.  For us it’s all the more amazing considering the trauma (foreseen and unforeseen) that came our way in 2013.  It would seem that such agonies would be remembered as dragging on, lasting forever, but we passed from crisis to crisis so quickly that we could hardly catch a breath in between. The nearly two months of 2013 that were passed in hospital settings were like some sort of alternate universe, where time vanished rapidly as we scarcely noticed.

We can say with certainty that this is one year we will end with no regrets at its passing, even with all the blessings it held.  Still, the joys of the year — the birth of our grandson, our quick getaways together, our amazed relief at all that Jeff has survived, and our gratitude for the friends and family, here and elsewhere, who kept us going — were rich indeed.

I hope that you, too, will end the year today with a sense of thankfulness (and maybe relief), as well as a feeling of optimism for 2014.  Your presence here this year has been a gift, one that will be remembered fondly as long as we live.

The clocks are ticking…the end of 2013 approaches.
Click here for a HAPPY NEW YEAR wish!

One year ago today

Ring out the false, ring in the true

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    Dr. Seuss is brilliant.
    I think “flewn” sounds as if it happened even more quickly than “flown.” I wonder why. Maybe it takes longer to form the “o” sound? I notice I can say “flewn” without even moving my jaw.
    The amazing things I ponder on mornings of sleep deprivation.
    I may have to try that “quick nap” thing we discussed.
    The year 2020 did not seem to pass quickly at the time, but, here it is, passed.

    • Yes, it’s really true that time flies whether you’re having fun or not. Just ask me about the past 10 years.

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