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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: FAST




Setting a timer for five minutes, and GO. 

I know I’ve mentioned this recently, but I’m afraid it’s going to be a common theme for quite a while: My daughter is a junior in high school this year. When the calendar flipped to 2022 in January, I could hardly believe it . . . In August of THIS YEAR she will be a senior. A year of lasts and last chances.

Of course that means I’m doubting all the things I’ve ever taught her and questioning what I’ve missed. It means I’m keenly aware that our days living in the same house under the same roof are numbered. Soon she won’t have to wake up at 6:30am to go to school . . . soon everything will change.

I know this is the point of parenting — to raise them up and let them fly, independent birds in the sky. I also know this post is probably quite premature, since we still have time. But it just goes so stinkin’ fast.

When you’re parenting infants and toddlers, there’s a common phrase that says the days are long but the years are short. Boy, is it true. It feels like just the other day that she was carrying her baby doll and asking to watch Bella Dancerella on DVD.

As I ponder this final year before her graduation, this psalm comes to mind:

“Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” 

Psalm 90:12, NIV

May we number our days aright.





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