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Time – The Beckoning Thief



My mother’s past

Fades into my daughter’s future

They are my present

My daughter turns nineteen today. We are going to celebrate by taking her out for her first legal drink tonight. It is exciting to watch her take another step into adulthood and I am delighted that she is wanting to share this milestone with her mother. She is a beautiful, brave young woman, and I am privileged to observe and be a part of her ride through life, with all its ups and downs.

But in observing her ups I am sometimes forced into a down of my own. While she stands on the brink of a long life full of promise and dreams I find myself awash in a life filling up with memories and longings for things that were or might have been. Her passages bring home the passage of time as it moves inexorably forward and I can’t help but think “No, Mick, time is not on my side”.

How do you stave off this thief that is Time? You can try to keep him locked behind bars by ‘living in the moment’ with courage and enthusiasm, being ‘present’ to all that is around you. But how do you ignore him when he reaches his hands out from the bars, waving birthdays and benchmarks at you? You can turn your face away, but the wind he creates will blow stealthily from behind your neck, sending shivers of apprehension down your spine. Or you can unlock the bars and hug him to you. Take away his power for grief by embracing the beauty in change and the ephemeral.

My daughter turns nineteen today. We are going to have a drink together and toast the beauty in this life we are sharing and experiencing, each in our own way.


Author: chiaink

World travelled yet never weary, eloquent and evocative, Chiarina's artworks sing with a sensitive and sensuous spirit.

17 thoughts on “Time – The Beckoning Thief

  1. Beautiful entry/tribute to your daughter’s birthday & I hope you gals have a lot of fun tonight celebrating!
    On time, well it’s one thing none of us can buy or prolong and it’s one of the most valuable gifts we have to either enjoy or waste. I just try to make the best of the time given to me by this life since none of us know when our last breath is going to be. I don’t fret about it anymore, I’ve accepted that time passes and changes are to be embraced. It may help that I’ve been very close to death at a young age and that probably has a lot to do with how I view life and time in general. Both are treasures to me and both are interconnected.

  2. Wow! I love the picture and the words that go along with it are so true!

  3. Chiaink in February I wrote a blog about Japanese sabi – “the bloom of time.” Your post is a perfect tribute to sabi. Lovely piece.

  4. Lovely print – Dany is beautiful, as always. As for time being a thief, it helps if you have a younger husband and a baby when you’re in your 40s. It still boggles my mind that I had this child so late in life.

    • She was lovely last night, cut her hair shorter than she’s had it for a long time and was looking very stylish. Of course I didn’t think to bring my camera with me last night.
      Enjoy the young men in your life, Fi. Hopefully I’ll get to see that O’C, The Younger very soon! Hugs.

  5. Beautiful-cheers to both of you!

  6. Beautiful! You print a lovely tapestry of words that cedes to a sacred truth: the everlasting bond of a mother and her daughter. You both are a loving tribute to each other. Thankyou for sharing your love in such a wonderful way; it brightened my day. 🙂

    • Thank you, Randy, for sharing your kind words. They always brighten up MY day. And, yes, these Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ are virtual hugs. 🙂

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