Saturday Centus – Wk#111 – Prompt: Has it really been a decade? – 106 words – “The Joy of My Life”

19 Jun

Has it really been a decade? I mean, really, where has the time gone?

I watched my daughter sleeping. It was her 10th birthday. How angelic she looked and how soon the moment would be broken by the excitement on her waking. All too short a time ago, I would cradle her in my arms as she would gurgle and smile up at me.

She was waking.

I kissed her on her cheek, “Happy birthday.”

She wrapped her arms around me, “Thanks, daddy.”

She scrambled out of bed, excited by the expected gift.

Ten years of happy memories bundled up in the joy of my life.


Posted by on June 19, 2012 in 2. Saturday Centus


8 responses to “Saturday Centus – Wk#111 – Prompt: Has it really been a decade? – 106 words – “The Joy of My Life”

  1. Judie McEwen

    June 21, 2012 at 02:46

    Ross, the older I get, the faster the days and years go by. My oldest son’s daughter will be 13 this year, and I was so happy to get to connect with her last week at the beach. My middle son’s twins just turned three, and they were so cute playing in the sand. This is an excellent Centus, and very meaningful.

  2. Ross Mannell

    June 21, 2012 at 08:54

    Thanks for the comment.

    While I have never had children of my own, years of teaching children from 4 to 12 has left me with many good memories of them growing. Now a number of my former students are friends on Facebook and share photos ans stories of their children. I still remember them as the smiling children in my class but, as you say, the days and years seem to move faster now.

  3. Viki

    June 21, 2012 at 09:20

    Time goes so quickly. Somehow I woke up and my son was 30. Makes me sad sometimes.

    • Ross Mannell

      June 21, 2012 at 09:35

      Thanks for the comment.

      No matter what our age, our parents still think of the joy of us when we were young, and sometimes the problems. These are the memories of a lifetime seeing someone grow. It can be sad but we are richer for the experiences. 🙂

  4. anita

    June 23, 2012 at 13:28

    Those are definitely wonderful moments to celebrate! I took a similar approach on SC this week.

    • Ross Mannell

      June 23, 2012 at 17:12

      Thanks for the comment.

      I’m not surprised others might take the same approach. A decade in this way is worth celebrating. 🙂

  5. Jenny matlock

    July 3, 2012 at 03:04

    We’re leaving in a few days to meet our new Grandson! this felt particularly compelling to me today.

    I love the way you express these sentiments, Ross!

    • Ross Mannell

      July 5, 2012 at 07:01

      Thanks for the comment.

      Grandchildren are the opportunity to revisit the lives of children growing. Our own may fly the nest but the grandchildren bring back memories as well as making new ones. Enjoy all the moments with your grandson. 🙂


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