Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Theme Thursday=Clock


Tick Tock Goes the Clock

Tick tock goes the clock. Where will the time go? Sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in a hour, twenty-four hours in a day, three hundred sixty five days in a year, ten years in a decade and ten decades in a century. Where will the time go?

Once there was a girl who grew up in a small and quaint Connecticut town. She attended school in the same building from first through twelfth grade and after graduating high school attended nursing school. Tick tock goes the clock. Where has the time gone?

Then she married a man from another small and quaint Connecticut town. There they built their dream house. They became the parents of four daughters and one son. They raised their children and watched them graduate from high school, go on to college and pursue careers. Tick tock goes the clock. Where has the time gone?

Now the children have gone on to marry, move away from the small and quaint Connecticut town and have children of their own. The first grandson entered the US Navy and is now nearing the end of his third deployment to the Middle East, he also was married last fall. This weekend the second grandson will be graduating from high school and will be attending college in the fall. His brother will be doing the same next year. The other six grandchildren are also doing well as they continue to grow and mature so fast. Tick tock goes the clock. Where has the time gone?

The second son-in-law has just finished twenty years in the US Air Force, his retirement ceremony was held last weekend. That twenty years has taken them from Dover, DE where he met my third daughter and where they were married. Over the twenty years I have visited them at the many bases where they have been stationed. Those visits have taken me to Delaware, California, New Mexico, England, Virginia and Massachusetts. However, I missed visiting them while they were stationed in Mississippi. Tick tock goes the clock. Where has the time gone?

Now it has been two and a half years since I retired from my second career as a scientist. I’m now on my third career as a retired person. This present career has allowed me to do whatever I please whenever I please. Needless to say I am enjoying this time very much. I travel as little or as much as I like going wherever I want to go and staying as long as I please. The time allows me to take photos in many exciting and interesting places. It allows me to read as many books as I can squeeze into time allotted. Retirement has given me enough time to make many nice acquaintances while blogging. Retirement allows me to do absolutely nothing and not feel guilty. Tick tock goes the clock. How long will this time go on? Only God knows.

22 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

Dakota: Very nice story. I've had a couple of careers myself. Keeps life interesting. Happy TT.

The Silver Fox said...

Very nice personal history. Funny how things seem to take forever as they're occurring, but when we look back, so much seems to have gone by in a blur.

Joanne said...

Those many tick tocks are like brush strokes, painting your vivid and unique life. And what a painting you have, so full of heart!

willow said...

I can hear Audrey Hepburn narrating this, in the Sabrina style! ;^)

Poetikat said...

Isn't it funny that when you have the time, you don't accomplish as much as you thought you could? I find the less time one has, the more regimented we are with it and the more we get done. Maybe that's just me.

I know my husband is watching that clock - waiting for retirement.

Kat

California Girl said...

You are lucky to be able to do what you want and to have your children's lives in order. I hope to be there some day...SOON.

Debo Hobo said...

I'm not sure at what age we recognize time and it's value. I value every minute of everyday and allow no one to waste any of my precious time.

Wings said...

Time just keeps on keeping on, right? :)

Brian Miller said...

nice traipse through your life...heres to hoping the ticking last for much longer...time disappears too fast for us not to focus on that which has lasting value. have a great thursday!

Baino said...

What a lovely 'potted' history of your family. I long for retirement but in doing so, I waste a lot of time . . enjoy yours, sounds like you certainly are!

Gran said...

Sounds like a wonderful job you have now! And it's a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

I hope I have a retirement like yours! :)

Michael Rawluk said...

My retirement has given me the freedom that it sounds like you have found. The freedom to take care of yourself. Give yourself the give of free time.

Tom said...

sounds like a blessed life, no doubt with its share of heartache...keep on ticking!

subtorp77 said...

I'll side with Silver Fox on this one, D.B. An uncle of mine took an early retirement. He's still not sure of what he's supposed to do!

Mrsupole said...

I really like your third career. Sounds like you are embracing it fully. It also sounds like a lot of fun. That is important, to have fun during your retirement.

What a great life story you have written here. You seem to make the best of your time, and it seems like your whole family does this also. It sounds like a great family you have there.

I hope you are having fun on your travels this week. Keep safe and God bless.

Holly said...

I want you life void of heartache and drama...sounds peaceful and serene...you've obviously did something right many times over. Congrats on your journey!

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

What a great look at the ticking clock. I've been watching the clock...waiting for my own retirement...5 more years. Tick tock...
Thank you for your insight.

Kris said...

Damn you time!

Donna said...

Dakota: Enjoyed reading your personal history. I'm not of a reader, but when there is something like this it starts to get intresting,and I have to read it.Time really goes by. I have 4 grand kids 8,7,5,4. It just doesn't seem like they are at that age.Also I am also from New London Connecticut, at the sub base. My father ( now retired) was in the Marine Corps. He retired a GSgt.I've always heard that time flies when your having fun and I beleive it.LOL!! Hope you're having fun on your retirement.I bet it was well deserved.

Dot-Com said...

Who knows where the time goes, really. Maybe it all disappears in cyber space?!

Great blog!

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