The “Daily Prompt” today is about “pace oddities” in our daily lives… Would I rather speed up a period of my day that normally drags? Or slow down a period that zips by?
There is about a three and a half hour gap in between when I leave my classroom and when my husband (Jon) gets home from work. These empty hours (minutes, really) crawl. And worse, they taunt me with everything else I should be doing- wedding thank you notes! last week’s laundry! preparing a spectacular and brilliant dinner! writing a novel! reading a novel!- I could accomplish SO MUCH AWESOME STUFF in this “short” time frame. Instead, I wallow in self-pity, listlessly moving clutter from pile to pile, or procrastinating all of the things by wandering aimlessly through the aisles of Target, buying more clutter to put into another pile. THESE HOURS. I would give almost anything* to be able to fast-forward through these hours.
However, there is another two-to three hour window of time that I would tinker with, if given the opportunity. Our evenings, when Jon does get home, fly by with a bizarre speed. We can unintentionally pass an hour of time while I’m standing at the stove (he sits at the kitchen table, one or both dogs on his lap), caramelizing onions and chatting about our days. Sharing our wins and challenges, revelations and utter non-sequiturs (“Hey babe, I think you weigh as much as a tank of gas in my car [enter mathematical calculation behind his revelation here]”) are invariably one of the highlights of my day. Even if we spend these hours curled up on the couch with our wolf-pack, watching silly/mindless TV and dozing off, these hours are unfairly fleeting.
I am formally requesting a time-warp.
*except actually be a productive human, apparently. I’ve heard that tackling real-live tasks is a highly rewarding and time-consuming endeavor. Maybe I’ll try it one day.
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