On being IN time

I love these floozy parrot tulips

…I want to use the time it takes. Time is important to me now, I tell myself. Not that it should pass slowly or quickly, but be only time, something I live inside and fill with physical things and activities that I can divide it up by, so that it grows distinct to me and does not vanish when I am not looking.” Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses (translation by Anne Born)

As I read that last night a large bug kept hitting the screen of the open window of the room I was in. Junebugs, already? I asked myself. It was a warm night after our hottest day of the year (79*F), the leaves are all out, the late tulips are blooming. Why does all this come as such a surprise to me? It must be I haven’t been paying attention.

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3 responses to “On being IN time

  1. It would be too tiring and quite impossible to pay attention constantly. Plus it’s fun to have nature sneak up on you in the form of Junebugs.

  2. I love those ruffled tulips. Such Mae West Extravagances…tho maybe she never went in for pink? I don’t know. Floozy indeed.

    I think it just creeps up on us in the small details. Seems just a minute ago I was shoveling show, but now it’s red-worm loaded manure. Saw a hummingbird the other day and thought, woah. Is that early? Or am I just not paying attention?

    We’re having another cool spell and I’m so grateful that my spring greens aren’t forced into seed.

  3. Pamela, I get your point, but with my slower lifestyle, I am really trying hard to pay attention to the details of life. I figure we only go around once! Junebugs, though, are a great way to be surprised.

    Kelly: Mae West seems a strident canary-yellow kind of girl, doesn’t she? Maybe not pink but definitely fuchsia, yes? But I know how busy you have been lately, you poor thing. That cool air is kind of a blessing, I would say, for the two of us: the redbuds are still in bloom here, which makes me so happy. But boy it better warm up soon because the meat birds are too big for the minicoop and the tomatoes are too big for their temporary housing in the greenhouse! Still can’t risk sticking them outside yet.

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