Monday, August 10, 2009

The chain grows shorter

Posted by Terry McNichols

Quite some time ago, perhaps 30 or 40 days, I helped my almost-3-year-old grandson make a paper chain to show him how many days it was until his upcoming move to Texas. The chain was very long, looped twice over the back of a chair, and colorfully intriguing to Caleb. I sent the chain home with his mother and the countdown to Texas began in earnest through the eyes of a child. I wish I had taken a picture of that chain to document our art project.

But alas, here is a picture of the chain currently. And tomorrow, when this blog is posted, another link will be removed, and we are that much closer to the departure of my two little peeps and their amazing mother. (Double chain link signifies day of departure!) Leona mentioned that she hoped the next ten years would slow down a little, but based on the 30-40 days since that chain began disappearing, I don't think there is much chance of that!
It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up. ~J.K. Rowling, "The Hungarian Horntail," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000


Leona Bergstrom said...

This makes me SO sad!!!

Karla said...

I love "the chain." Mandi and I did the same thing when our trip to Australia was approching (back in 1998). We had taped her chain to a larg photo she drew of what she thought Australia would be like.

Great quote too. :)