Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The Thief of Time


It can't be that time is the sentence that must be incorporated into this week's 100-word-challenge. I believe I was uttering those very words as I read the prompt and realised I'd forgotten to scavenge the freezer for the children's supper.

Parents, says new research, need 27-hour in a day. This is clearly absurd – I need 32 to be the woman I'm meant to be. 
Lately my days have been shrinking faster than woollens on a hot cycle. I've shed superfluous distractions like dusting and cooking.
For essential activities I've learnt to multi-task: I can draft a blog-post whilst manuring my flowerbeds and dial Boden while helping my children through their Haribos.
Nevertheless, 'It can't be that time!' I panic as school beckons when I'm busy with my nap. Age eats into flesh, we know – but, with far greater ruthlessness, I realise, it devours Time.  


26 comments:

  1. Another brilliant 100 words! Well done!

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  2. Oh, yes! It does. I second Midlife Singlemum -- brilliant!

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  3. You so very eloquently described the mood of my life .... now I'm sat here thinking oh heck it's nearly 11.00 am and we still haven't been to the park!

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  4. Lol. And it's not only parents either.
    I love your take on the prompt, and completely agree: age does eat time. Not just hours of the day, but whole days or months. Can you believe we're heading for Christmas?

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  5. What a great use of the prompt, love it. x

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  6. I need at least 45 hours in a day to get everything done that needs to be done. And with that I bid you a hasty farewell as I return to hit the huge pile of work that needs to be dealt with this evening, as I multi-task dealing with my bedtime battling toddler.

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    1. It's always struck me that you alone have learned how to stretch time. But then you're young....

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  7. All so true, our female species is just wonderful!

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  8. The school panic scenario is SO familiar. Every morning in our household....

    Where would we be, however, without the multi-tasking matriarch?

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    1. You should have heard me bawling at my tardy daughter on the step of the vicarage this morning!

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  9. It is funny how often sleep is the casualty with the mummy juggle!

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    1. Actually my nights have always been pretty good. It's an afternoon nap I dream of!

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  10. This was a fun read. I think we all feel this way. I love the line - I panick as school beckons when I'm busy with my nap - haha
    perfect.
    Isadora
    hope you'll stop by to read my entry - Mr. Linky is being very bad to me -
    http://insidethemindofisadora.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/100-word-challenge-my-nightmare/

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  11. Oh, how true. I cannot ever seem to keep up with things that I need to do. And when I look in my life, yeah, I say "it can't be that time" - I am no longer as young as I used to be. Now, I am in the 'old' category that I made in my youth.

    ~Imelda

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    1. It's just scary how it seems always to be bedtime with only a few snatched seconds of daylight in between.

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  12. And this is why I enjoy being a night owl. Stores shut, people sleeping, no phones ringing and I have complete control of the laptop. :)

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  13. And this is why I enjoy being a night owl. Stores shut, people sleeping, no phones ringing and I have complete control of the laptop. :)

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