Thursday, June 2, 2011

Timely 55

I love my daughter.
Love her, love her, love her.
Smart, funny, talented, creative, artistic, sweet, kind.
She would do anything for anyone, except be on time.
What do those words mean, on time?
I’ve lost track after 18 years of late.
And not killing her, I might add, deserving a medal - a shiny one.

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Yes, another non-fictional 55, but this one is truly timely. After all, if my ready-to-graduate daughter doesn't learn the benefits of understanding time, graduation is just another step toward living in my attic. Forever. And we SO don't want that to happen. She'll be the "crazy rat lady" and that suits her just fine...

Join G-Man and play along, write a fictional story in 55 words, no more, no less. Remember, fiction is in the eye of the beholder... and she's probably just busy drawing on her arm, anyway, right?

24 comments:

Monkey Man said...

I thought you deserved that metal for putting up with me. But that girl child - you are so right - no concept of time.

Pheromone Girl said...

Time is a concept she will never - ever - ever understand.

g-man said...

There's real actual time
And then there's Teen Time!!
I know all too well..
PG, You need Never qualify a 55 with me.
Im just tickled that you are back
Thanks for playing, and have a Timely Kick Ass Week-End

Brian Miller said...

ha. i remember when i was that way as well...she does some amazing art too...so cool!

Alice Audrey said...

You and me both. There's a reason I nicknamed her "molasses girl."

Enchanted Oak said...

I commiserate with you. My own daughter is 25, breezing into work just by the hair of her chinny-chin-chin... But it's her life to live, and I am sure that when it comes to its end she won't say, "You know, Lord, the best part of it was being on time!"

Sandra said...

Oh hurray, I can access your comments! I was just leaving you a comment on my blog hoping you'd know what was going on because I was baffled!
But now I'm here and I can tell you: Lovely poem. And just to play devil's advocate, I have a daughter who has to be early everywhere or else she cries (ok, she's only eleven) but it drives me nuts! But your words are so touching and I love that you love her love her love her!

Belinda said...

Some people are simply not time-oriented. I find that these types of people are also the most present in conversation/company and also very personable/charming.

lime said...

i lived in the caribbean for a year. she'd do well there. ;)

magiceye said...

all a matter of time :)

TALON said...

I think we all have such individual internal clocks - they so often conflict with the real-world ones. Loved your 55! (and I hope you get your medal)

moondustwriter said...

awww Happy Graduation - I have two this month one from High School and one from JC.
Time ( I'm guilty of that one)

Hugs as you enjoy those growing up moment

ExtraO said...

I love that picture of her.

Mona said...

Teen time is time out I guess! :)

Mama Zen said...

I've got a child with no concept of time at my house, too!

hedgewitch said...

I've known an amazing number of people who function that way--I am of the chronically-early-for-everything persuasion, myself and I'm always astounded that they seem to function just fine in most situations. Even in becoming gainfully employed, though it helps to have the kind of job where punctuality is less important than performance. Great, realistic 55.

Jannie Funster said...

I cannot be late. Just can't do it, which does come with its own set of neuroses.

Fun 55.

Pheromone Girl said...

I can relate to those of you that have to be on time. It makes me nuts to be late - I HATE IT. So, having had 18 years of a daughter who has no concept of time (or of how angry her mother gets when she's not ON time) I just have to laugh. Unless the doctors office is going to charge me for a missed appointment. Again. Then, all bets are off...

Margaret said...

I would love to be early all the time. But I usually JUST slide in under the wire. My kids are better at being on time than I am... But I am WAY more productive... that's gotta count for something!

Leo said...

Maybe graduation is that step to maturity :) Time.. well, its difficult to understand! :D

Linda said...

A nice tribute to your daughter. Congrats on her upcoming graduation.

Me said...

Some people have trouble with timeliness. Others have the opposite problem. For me, being on time is like being late. :)
-C

PS - I never seem to work in the "fiction" part in my 55s either! :)

Stranger said...

She must be a dreamer and is obviously an artist. And I can tell you love her dearly.
As for living in the attic - it might not be so bad - yeah, she'd still be under her parents' roof, but she'd be above her parents.
Lovely 55.

autumnraven said...

Oh dear, the things I have to look forward to. My daughter just graduated kindergarten. Very cute 55 :)