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The Days are Long, But the Years are Short


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Things always seem to take longer than I think they should, while I’m waiting at least. I bet the soldiers fighting for American independence way back during that revolution thought it was taking a long time. And here we are celebrating in America all weekend long as July 4 approaches.

It seemed to take a long time for my soulmate to find me again. Thirty-nine years passed since we had last seen each other in high school. It didn’t take that long because God is slow. It took that long because WE are slow to learn what we need to learn.

I’m still slow. God showed me that things work out when the time is right. But I still worry about when is my daughter going to be independent, now that she is technically grown up. But we are never really done growing up, are we? It’s a life-long process.

The days are long, but the years are short. Someone told me that when my daughter was born. It’s true of children, and it’s true of adults, too. Each day seems long when we are in the midst of the day, especially when things are challenging or boring. But the past 5 years since my sweetheart found me again have gone by in the blink of an eye. Thank God we have photos to show memories to prove that a lot of time really did go by, because all those things had to take time.  We have photos of children at different stages of life, diapers, Halloween costumes, Christmases, firsts of all kinds, birthdays, graduations. The photos capture moments in time so the time passing does not seen like such a blur, like when you’re looking out the car window from the side.

So how did I get from things seeming to take too long, to life passing so quickly? That’s the Stream of Consciousness of you!

This song reminds me of the roads my sweetheart and I took to be ready to be together again. It’s always been one of my favorites.


Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was the word, “long.” You can find more streams by visiting Linda Hill’s blog:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

20 thoughts on “The Days are Long, But the Years are Short

  1. I just need to add, since there’s no editing within the Stream of Consciousness, that my daughter is making good progress and I’m proud of her.

    • Of course you are 🙂 SO much of parenting is waiting for the milestones, isn’t it? Highly relatable post. Enjoy your weekend!

      • Yes, waiting and watching for the milestones of every age. Realizing how much time I still spend doing that makes me want to enjoy the gifts of the present. Thanks for the support!

  2. Such a beautiful story of love, hope and life! How wonderful that your sweetheart came back into your life! The years sure are short and keep getting shorter!

    • Time does seem to be moving faster. Now I want to make every minute count and enjoy the simple beauty of life. Thanks for reinforcing that and for positive feedback!

  3. Bonjour
    mon amie JOANNA
    Tu remplis mes jours de joie
    Le matin à mon réveil , tu seras présent au cours de ma journée
    Belle Amitié entre nous , tu ouvres mon cœur
    Tu me donnes ce que j’ai envie par tes petits messages
    Des fois je souries quand je suis mélancolique
    Bises passe une belle journée

    Profite de ton week-end et de la semaine à venir

  4. Funny how when we are young, we look at adults and think they have all the answers, that they have finished learning. If only!

  5. I think 70+ is cutting things a bit fine. I will just have to learn contentment.

  6. I was told this saying when my babes were born too and it is so true! Love the song too!

  7. Yours is such a lovely story, JoAnna. Thanks so much for sharing it. 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for sharing and the reminder of appreciating every day no matter what it holds.

  9. My nights are long and my years are getting oh so short for all that I dreamed I would do !
    Loved your words and this is one of my favourite songs 🙂
    And how lovely that you found each other and now ready for one another so many years after ❤
    Turtle Hugs

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