life goes by with the speed of a tornado

the clock is ticking

life goes by with the speed of a tornado,a second is born and a second dies in an instant. a minute flies like a bullet from a M16, five minutes came and went like last nights dream.ten minutes crackles through the air like lightning,fifteen minutes is like thunder the speed of sound and even more frightning,twenty minutes crosses the finish line ten steps ahead of the pack.time is a natural resource that you can never get back.the hand continues to spin no matter if you lose or if you win.Time doesn't recognize people or faces.no matter who you are or where you are at,time moves on and thats a fact.thirty minutes is like a breeze through the park,forty five minutes is like a flicker of flame a spark.holding on to an hour is like trying to grab the twilight just before dark.Time is ticking,tik, tok, tik, tok, tik, tok, tik, tok......

the hand is spinning

!@#KAPOW!!!is the sound of the starter pistol at the beginning of the forty yard dash,the button is pushed and the countdown begins one two three four seconds flat forty yards is covered the button is pushed and time is stopped,trapped in the stop watch.but time never really stops,never can be trapped,stop watch or not,from sun dials to atomic clocks time continues to move.the speed of light is a turtle running a marathon with parachutes strapped to its back compared to the speed of life.tired?blink your eyes,lose eight hours,yep, eight hours.remember your first kiss?how about your first date?remember the prom?now you're pushing thirty, married,trying to figure out how are you going to get these kids into a descent college.changing diapers yesterday,today, you're hoping the little brat doesn't wreck the family car.oh my goodness!!!what is that?!!!!!? GREY HAIR!?!?you're out one day doing whatever it is you do,and the pretty young twenty something cashier calls you "SIR"!now you find your self wondering "am I getting old?"now you're attracted to the mirror like a candle fly to light,"are those happy wrinkles or are those sad wrinkles?"you ask yourself.Find yourself in the ladies section at wal-mart looking for facial cream,grab a box of tampons so the people behind you think you're picking up a few things for the little woman.Looking through your wardrobe you discover that "this is so 90's"that six pack has melted and turned into a mass of flesh slightly hanging over your belt buckle,and for the first time ever you think"where did that come from?"to make things worse you discover that as well as turning grey your hair line has started to recede,but its not that bad,no one has noticed,or have they?forty is knocking and your son comes home from college with a cute little baby that has your eyes."say hi to gran paww!!"yeah.Grandpaww.you decide to grab a couple of cold ones to "celebrate" with your old school homies,walking out the store with a case of bud,you think"damn she didn't even card me!how old do I look?"you get good and toasty,go home to sleep it off,catch a couple of winks,get some shut eye,when you wake up you're forty five and your baby girl the little princess has decided to drop out of college her junior year because she's madly in love with some bum who won't work and swears he's the next LIL WAYNE!your wife is breathing down your neck to put a stop to it and talk her back into college,what do you say?you take her out to dinner,just the two of you,to have that father, daughter talk,you look into her pretty brown eyes and you remember when you brought her home from the hospital,you remember how excited she was when the tooth faire left her one dollar under her pillow,you remember the first time she went to school you remember the first time she claimed to be in love,you remember when she first started working and how proud she was when she bought her first pair of shoes,you remember when she graduated from high school and how proud you was of your little girl.and then it becomes so clear you look her in the eyes and you tell her the one thing that you can tell her"Baby,life is too short..."then you pause.. just for a second,then you take a deep breathe and say "baby life moves at the speed of a tornado,don't waste it on this bum."

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G-Ma Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Loved this and very well and sweetly told...however we all learn from our actions...good or bad...

I can see you are a loving Father and can understand this all NOW, but think back and if you were told this what would you have done???

God Bless ( what did she do? ) :O) Hugs G-Ma


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bill yon 6 years ago from sourcewall Author

sup g-ma,to be honest I don't have any kids.(yet)this is a composite of things I've been through,and things my inner circle has been through.thanx for dropping in.see ya soon.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

This is an interesting narrative, very well written. I wondered if this was the life of a single person--I see by your comment that it is a composite.

Nicely done.

BTW, I liked the inclusion of the picture from the Time Tunnel show.


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quicksand 6 years ago

Sure, from five years ago up to now seems like only a second elapsed.


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bill yon 6 years ago from sourcewall Author

thanx mike and quicksand,I was trying to show how fast time moves in life yesterday it was 1986 today its 2010,my time flies!

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