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Tacitly Yours

Where has the time gone?

When did time start flying by so fast? Looking at my calendar I find it hard to believe that May is almost over and summer is nearly here. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was trying to shovel out from under more than a foot of snow.

It seems like every year older I get, the faster time seems to pass me by. I remember when I was in elementary school, and the school year seemed to drag on forever. Now, it seems like school just started and now, it's already time to say goodbye to another senior class.

I also remember when those three months of summer vacation seemed like three years of free time. I remember spending my summer vacation playing in the back yard, watching "Brady Bunch" reruns while I ate lunch and rolling down our neighbor's hill as it got dark.

My goodness, it seems like since I graduated from college life has taken on a much faster pace. It seems like just yesterday I was worrying about finals and term papers, but that was almost four years ago. And if that was four years ago, that means my 10-year high school reunion is starting to loom in the very near future. I just can't believe it's been that long.

I mean, it's not only surprising how quickly the months seem to pass by, but also how quickly each week passes. I can't believe that it's already Friday, again. The work week just flies by.

My husband likes to say that being surprised by how quickly time is passing you by means one thing...we're getting old. I'm not sure if I fully agree with him. Because, at this point in our lives we're not really that old and if time is just going to keep passing by faster and faster, there's bound to be some real trouble at some point in our lives.

Instead, I think that as we grow up we begin having more things to occupy our time. This means that there are fewer and fewer carefree days of summer that include lounging around in the back yard with no need to keep track of what time it is. I think that as we move out of being school aged, our schedules become more important, and knowing exactly what time it is can mean the difference between success and failure.

I don't think that being surprised that time is passing so quickly is something that means we're getting old. Instead, I think time is passing at a normal rate, we're just paying more attention to it.

. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at eolmstead@eaglenewspapers.com

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