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February 19, 2015

.@VickiBatman - Measuring Time: tick-tock #MFRWorg #RLFblog #milestone


I reached a milestone in Jazzercise this month: I’ve been working out for 32 years. (Yes, I know this admission ages me. Feel free to go on thinking I look younger than I am. Lol.)

I have been writing for ten years.
I have a momentous birthday.
Handsome’s company is 23 years old.
My #1 son has a significant birthday.

When my sons began school, I found time was measured by holidays--school starts in mid-August, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, back to school, Valentine’s Day, Spring Break, April Fool’s Day, Memorial Day, school is out.

Every year was the same for a long time. And did it ever fly by.

#2 son graduated from college.
#1 son and wife celebrated their first anniversary.

Are your days flying by with hardly a thought? It's 2015 and already January is gone and February is half gone. 

Are you able to enjoy each to its fullest? I wonder. I wonder if life keeps flying by, will I even remember the important stuff?  I hope so.

When my sons were little and we sat together for dinner, Handsome always asked, “What was the best thing that happened to you today?”  In reality, this question made them think and come up with an answer instead of saying “fine.” It brought about a real conversation.

My new car turned one year old.
My “old girl” (kitty) turns 22—if she lives to July. Twenty-one is remarkable too.
My friend passed eight years ago.

Do we consider each day what is the best thing that happened to us? I wonder.

Here’s your chance: what is the best thing that happened to you today?

Vicki Batman is also considering the weather and if it will change from pretty to ugly and bring much needed rain. Find her romantic comedy mystery, Temporarily Employed at: Amazon

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chris keniston said...

This post reminds me of a song - the Secret of Life - according to James Taylor - is enjoying the passing of time. And the milestones that come with it. As for the birthday- I love the ones that end in zero - great excuse for a party or trip! :)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Chris! I had the Steve Miller song in my head when thinking of this post. lol. I love the big birthdays and I know Handsome has a plan for this one for me. Yipee!

Sloane B. Collins said...

Vicki, very profound post. I've found myself thinking about my own milestones this morning.

1. BIG birthday next month. Like, so big, I can't even believe it's almost here.
2. This is the longest I've been with the same company - 14 years.
3. We had decided to not ever have pets again - next month, we'll have had our four fur babies for 1 year.
4. Still floating on the publication of my first book this past November!
5. I've been married for over 26 years.

If I really put my mind to it, I'm sure I can come up with others.

Melissa Keir said...

Touching post Vicki. As I look to the fact that my children are now getting ready for college graduation and marriage, I can't believe how fast time has flown by. You're right though about living each day.

Penny's Tales said...

I don't see all your posts, Vicki, but everyone I do see is such a good one! This was great!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Sloane! I love your milestones and esp, the fur babies. Their pix are so adorable. Yeah, I don't know either how the big birthdays get here. Mystifying.

Hi, Melissa! I know what you mean, once they went to high school--boom! done. College--boom! done. Now, one is married and the other--- Can anyone use an entry level accountant???

Hi, Penny! Well, thank you so much. I've always thought you are a mighty gracious and generous lady. Thank you for being with me today.

Jerrie Alexander said...

Great post, Vicki. We have a couple of milestone to celebrate. The main one for today is that my husband's health continues to get better. A blessing for sure!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Jerrie! I so agree with you on that one. Handsome's been cancer free for eight years, a milestone for both of us. Hugs.

Kat said...

Oh yes, this year is a milestone birthday and the thought, the number, left me shaking my head and thinking, "How can this be?"

So I started the ball rolling and we're doing a birthday girls reunion weekend in September to celebrate because 8 of us hit it this year, and 4 hit it last year.

It's going to be great fun and I'm quite certain most of us will return voiceless.

Some of us haven't crossed paths in over twenty years... because they pass so quickly :D

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Kathryn Jane! I'm with you on that is how to party. We began the next big number round five years ago, had one this past year, now moi, and on to another friend next year. That doesn't even include my sissies. I wish you mucho party fun, girl.

Phyllis said...

Well, Vicki, I feel old. I guess because I am! I'll be 62 next month - the first age of retirement ( if I weren't on disability already) and planned on retiring.

1973 - I became the first woman to join the Sheriff's department who ultimate became their first woman patrol officer.

2015 - My first book published and released on my 62nd birthday.

There were many, many milestones between those years. Too many to mention.

It is important to live each day. Even after my diagnosis, I forget that and get caught up in stuff. I don't mean to be so dark on this post, it's just a reminder that I have lived a long life.

My advice - find your happy place!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Great post Vicki! I too feel like this year is slipping away. I can't believe it's already almost the end of February! Now I have the song stuck in my head. :)

Unknown said...

Isn't that the truth! You don't know how close to home this post hit to my life lately. We won't talk actual birthdays, but when I look around, I can't comprehend that my loved ones are the ages they are. We won't talk about my age either. Okay? But time passes no matter what you do. Make the most of each day and spend time with those you love. That's my advice for today.

Pamela Stone

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Phyllis: I agree. After Handsome was diagnosed with cancer, nothing except my boys, mattered. And he's still the one I want to hang with...most days. lol I'd set a lot aside except for hair day. Gotta cover the gray the milestones bring.

Hi, Karilyn! I've got to change my music to something with lyrics (I tend to write to classical) so I can rid my head of the tune. Hugs!

Hi, Pam! How does that one go--Love the one you're with! Time can heal. Time can bloom. Time can do so much. We're the ones looking back and saying, "Geez. How did that happen?" Hugs, my friend.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

For those worried about me holding the Steve Miller song in my head, don't. I have Michael on--who shares a birthday with me. lol

Angelina Jameson said...

Such an interesting post. As my boys get closer to graduating from high school now I have to look forward to other milestones. The best thing that happened to me today is that my hubby came home from a business trip. :)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Angelina! Oh my, graduating from high school is a big milestone. #2 just graduated from college and I only cried 4 times, once in the empty gym. Cherish!

Linda Steinberg said...

Every morning if I wake up with aches and pains I say, "Yes! I'm still alive. Thank you, God, for giving me another day."

Barbara Bettis said...

Definitely a post to make us--me certainly--reflect. Some of my milestones are bittersweet, as in the passing of a dear friend. But I have a significant high school reunion coming up this year and my younger so reaches a red-letter birthday.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Linda! I sometimes have aches and pains too, but decided long ago not to be a complainer. Your 'tude of being alive is a good way to think of it.

Hi, Barbara! Just this week, my friends and I went to lunch to remember our friend who passed eight years ago. We ate Mexican food, chocolate, and said our favorite swear word--all things she gave up at Lent and failed miserably at. After lunch, we all hugged because we truly cherish our friendships.

Mary Gillgannon said...

Ahh. Very bittersweet things here. I love the "anniversary" stuff with my kids, but then I think of pets,friends and family lost and get rather nostalgic. The thing is to live life to the fullest and spend as much time as possible with the people (and animals) you love, because you never know how long you will have them in your life.

Ashantay said...

I woke this morning feeling healthy and happy my power was still on and the water pipes hadn't frozen. My day can only get better! Thanks for the thoughtful post.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Mary! That's why 8 years is very important to me. Eight years ago, Handsome had throat cancer, stage 3. Very, very surprised with that diagnosis. But he made it through. Every day is precious.

I have a that silly 21 year old cat. Her sister died at 17 and we thought each day with Scooter is precious because she won't be with us much longer. Four years later....

Thank you for posting!

Hi, Ashantay! I'm so happy for you. I've gone without power in winter and summer and had burst pipes. What a pain. So hurrah! for you.

But I'd take any precip you don't want so we can chase our drought away. Hugs.

Alisha said...

Such a beautiful bitter sweet post. Carpe Diem and cherish, cherish, cherish. xoxoxo

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Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Alisha! Think of the milestones you've had lately-a daughter graduating and a son entering school. Oh my!

Hi, Linda! Today, the best thing that happened to me is going to Jazzercise. Yesterday, Handsome returned from a 3-day trip. Sometimes, the best things are the little things.

Unknown said...

This post definitely made me reflect on my own milestones.
I'm a late bloomer, so the kids are still in school even though I can see retirement looming on the horizon.
After hearing about the death of an old boyfriend (He died before my youngest teenager was born.) I've realized that every day is a gift.
Thanks Vicky for reminding me of that.