July 15, 2009

Time. Thought I'd Make Friends With Time.

Noah made microwave popcorn and in a span of about two seconds, max, it smelled like moth balls and staleness and West Virginia, my Great Grandma Riddle's mobile home, cluttered with ceramic owls and rust-colored sofas and a murky fish tank.

Tonight we lay in the grass and I took pictures in the dark and the boys ran around like crazy people. Gray carried his little bug cage with a lightning bug in it, his hands smelling like a lightning bug (they have a smell).

Smells like my childhood summers.


Once, when I was a little girl I left my crayons in a pencil box in the sun on the picnic table. I burned my fingers in the colors... they melted and ran together. Made new colors. They were beautiful and naughty.

This is the kind of post you write to a soundtrack.

This is the kind of post I try to lasso time. This fleeting time. Time that slipped through a crack in the door long ago.

Gray wants to bring his bug cage into the house and I say why not. I had pickle jars with jagged holes poked with a steak knife in the lids, grass and sticks swishing and clinking against the glass, resting next to my bed. I wished for them to light up as I drifted off to sleep.

In the morning they would be "sleeping" or had disappeared.

Kinda like time.

A lot like time.




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38 comments:

  1. maybe my favorite post by you, ever.

    and your pictures are beautiful, and timeless, like your words.

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  2. I love how your posts always start out with a Phish or Tori lyric...sigh...you've truly captured so many things here...my heart is bursting. Very emotional. Probably because we spent many of those summers together! Love ya!

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  3. Gosh, who can't relate to this? Just beautiful.

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  4. Beautiful. And profoundly true..

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  5. I need to start saying "why not?" a little more.

    Lovely post.

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  6. beautiful, the way you caught time!! Good job enjoying your time with your family! Well written! Thanks for sharing

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  7. You have a gift. You are able to put your feelings into words, really beautiful words. Thanks for sharing. Great post!

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  8. Such a beautiful snippet of time! It flies by so fast and if we can only capture a few moments it is well worth having the rest stored to only our memory.

    PS. I am from West Virginia! I just about passed out when i saw you mention the name as most people this West Virginia is the "Western" part of Virginia lol.

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  9. So true, so very true.

    What a beautiful post, thank you!

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  10. This is a terrific post. Beautiful words that color it perfectly.

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  11. A lot of your posts sound like they came out of my brain, dude. It makes me fuzzy.

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  12. The stories of life and parenting that you offer take my breath away.

    You are such an artist steph!

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  13. It's all about time, we chase it when all the while it's staring us square in the face. Good post.

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  14. Steph, I loved this post so much. I laughed so hard at your description of Noah's microwave popcorn. I was going to say, sorry that I put you thru all those trips to W.Va., but I don't want to have regrets cause look how things turned out. I love the background with the light streaks. It's great that you are enjoying summertime with your kids and aren't sweating the small stuff. That's one big regret I do have.

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  15. Oh, what an awesome post!! Absolutely loved it. You have a way with words. And gratefulness.

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  16. Found your post through the Newsweek article... great post !!

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  17. Very vivid ... and beautiful pictures! Thanks for that walk down memory lane!

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  18. So well-expressed, so lovely, so bittersweet.

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  19. That was great...true, bittersweet, and wonderful. I think I'd be a bertter mom if I could learn to say 'why not' instead of my usual responses. Hopefully, this beautiful reminder will help me do just that.

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  20. I marvel at your writing. You are such a great storyteller...

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  21. such a beautiful post. something about fireflies that always makes me think of my childhood. time certainly does fly on by...

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  22. How beautiful!! Time does just slip right by us, doesn't it?

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  23. Love this post. What every mother thinks and wants to say, none have said it better.

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  24. I love how much you love your kids....you are the only person that has made me want to have THREE!

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  25. You just made summer come to life in a whole new way - beautiful words - vivid memories. I love that you are creating the same memories for your children that are so clear in your heart.

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  26. Those shots are awesome. Lovely post.

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  27. Kids discovering lightening bugs...possibly my favorite thing ever.

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  28. You write it, I read it, it's beautiful. I love your words so much Steph. Can't wait to tell you in person next week...

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  29. per usual...love these words.

    and, "why not?"....my very favorite parenting question to ask myself.

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  30. Beautiful post! Time goes by so fast and I enjoy hearing when people take the time to enjoy it. Isn't it fun to say YES sometimes and just enjoy life. You are such a great mom!!

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  31. this is such a beautiful post. love. :) can't wait to meet you in a cpl more days!

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  32. I love this blog.
    And you.

    I completely think we would be friends in real life<3

    sarasophia

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  33. That was perfect, it reeked of summertime and childhood. I loved every word.

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