The Vulnerability that is Time

Oh time...
Oh time…Lisalah

I’m no quantum physicist maven (expert) by any means. I’m just a Yiddisher momma trying to put some pieces together to better understand this thing called time. Does it always go forward? Does it really flow? My coffee is getting more and more chilled as I type and I like it piping hot, especially in the quiet of the morning, when the Mrs. and the kinder lay keppe a schluffy (are still asleep, heads on pillows). If I could turn back time maybe my cuppa would be hotter, or better yet, alevai (it should come to pass; it should only happen), maybe events would be different.

Nit af alleh mol shlecht, un nit af alleh mol gut. Things can’t be bad all the time, nor good all the time.

What am I trying to get at here? I’m stretching to find meaning in the meshuggeneh (crazy) world we are living in. Remember that commercial, “Time to make the donuts…” with the perpetually exhausted donut maker readying for the early morning rush at Dunkin Donuts? It’s always time to make the donuts and I’m looking for my epiphany. I started thinking of song lyrics (can you name the artists/songs below?), after all Dylan just one a Nobel in literature. Poets, they have answers.

Let me forget about today until tomorrow…

Get it right the first time, that’s the main thing

Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking into the future

Does anybody really know what time it is

If I could save time in a bottle

Time after time

The first time ever I saw your face

Let’s do the time warp

I had the time of my life

This is the time to remember ‘cause it will not last forever

A time to be born, a time to die

It’s closing time

Gatsby, my editor
Gatsby, my editor, he’s probably questioning this post too

My Big, she is learning about time in school. Taking all those pieces of perspective, theory and momentum and understanding the very things I am struggling with today. It will no longer be, “How many sleeps until we see Audrey and Steve?” I still don’t know if time is an illusion, or if our perceptions, my perceptions are simply flawed.

Some lifetimes are minutes

It was the best of times

Some minutes are eternities

It was the worst of times

The kinder (children), they grow up so fast

This is no cliché

Slow it down

Good times

Speed it up

Oy a brokh (Hard times)

The first half of the gas tank goes slowly

and WTF then you are on E

It’s faster than the speed of light

It grinds to a halt

It’s time for a change

Nothing stays the same

Everything stays the same

Nothing changes

Past, present, future

Oh, there’s always time

There’s never a good time

Free time, hah!

Time heals all wounds


What to do about my time conundrum? I will try very hard to…

Live in the present, using time wisely

Choose happiness, smiles and nachas (pleasure and joy)

Put the damned phone down and take in new adventures and experiences

Be in nature, making memories, creating more firsts

Love myself, because who gives a flying f*ck cares what people think

Read, explore, learn, and give

Walk in others shoes and be a gutte neshumah (good soul)

Inject novelty and spontaneity

Grab the ones I love and love them well

Live out loud

Vos lenger a blinder lebt, alts mer zet er. The longer a blind man lives, the more he sees.

Anyone have time to spare some insights?

Gay gezinteh hait.  (Go in good health)







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58 thoughts on “The Vulnerability that is Time

  1. Having children definitely makes it feel like time goes faster and slower all at the same time. Live in the present and use time wisely. I agree completely, although it’s often easier said than done! #globalblogging


  2. Time really does fly and it’s so important to make the most of the time we have with our kids before they are grown and moved on because it will be gone in the blink of an eye. Great post x


  3. WOW really love the format of this post! I feel like time slips away these days, I can not fit in all I want to do. When I was a child I remember wanting to make time go faster, when I was teen and confused over boyfriends and broken hearts I would wish I would wake up and be already married and have my children and know that my life turned out ‘perfect” because when you are a teen you imagine that adults have it all together don’t they? Now here I am, grown up and married and I have my children and in so many ways I am living what I wished I would live like (except I’d maybe be and actress or have at least sold my best seller by now), but now I sometimes wish i could free time, slow down my children and shrink them back tone borns just for day or two so I could smell that milky breath and the freshness of their skin. Oh time! It is s range thing if you take long enough to really think about it isn’t it #mg

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    1. I am where you are. I think time must go slowly when you are taking in new things. As we age we have less to take in, unless we really try hard to keep growing and learning. Thanks for really thinking this one through with me. It means a lot. #mg. Have a wonderful time this weekend.


  4. I bet think that’s the only way to deal with time: live in the moment. Not yesterday or tomorrow because both take care of themselves. :-). I love your Yiddish words. I often sing “Dos Kelbl” at work when I get bored and “Oj dortn dortn” even though I am sure I get the words properly wrong and it sounds nothing like Yiddish 🙂


    1. Yiddish seems to make it all seem more fun, more real, or just funny! I love it and love that you use it too. I feel like I’m sprinkling in my grandma every time! 🙂 and that feels good! Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Next time, I’ll bring a cake and a nice cuppa coffee! xoxo

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      1. Oh, lovely, am looking forward to it :-). I think Yiddish brings what words express right down to the point. Not that I know much of it but I am from Germany and many word in Yiddish have German roots. It is a wonderful language! And cheers to your grandma!


  5. So much of our lives is dictated by time. Breakfast time ’til bedtime and everything in between! Today we are taking the time to just savour a day off from ‘time’. My youngest just had lunch and is still in her PJs! Lovely post, time does indeed go too quickly x #bigpinklink


  6. Time is definitely relative. When my son is sick 5 minutes feels like an hour. When I am trying to get a post written an hour passes in 5 minutes. An then there is the very real rabbit hole known as Pinterest where time is an illusion.

    Thanks for sharing with us on #FridayFrivolity


    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! It’s no easy task trying to keep a dying language like Yiddish alive! For me, it brings to much joy to let it go! Thanks so much for coming over! #chucklemums xoxo


  7. I’m awful for trying to speed time up when I’m having a crap day, then clock watching when I’m having a good day because I don’t want it to be over. Hindsight is also a nightmare sometimes! Thanks for linking to the #Chucklemums again xxx


  8. HI Lisa,
    Such a sad tone. You are one of the happiest bloggers I know. Anyone who doesn’t believe me should check out your tweets! I loved the Yiddish and the cross outs. Seeing Mona LISA was a treat too.
    Thanks for sharing at Blogger’s Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

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    1. Hey Janice, I think too many people died in the past two weeks, hence my struggle with time. I still am holding my glass up, half full and kvelling! I just had to account for reality a bit. Thanks for coming by! ❤ ❤ ❤ M'wah to you! and the Pit Stop Crew

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  9. What a lovely, thoughtful post! I love your list of things that you try to live your life by. A saying/quote that I have said to myself many, many times since my children were born is “The days are long but the years are short” – I think that is SO true of being a parent!
    Thanks for joining #chucklemums


  10. I had to take a brief break from reading the post because you mentioned the Time Warp, and I had to take that jump to the left. But now my world has done the Time Warp again, I am back. I love this post. Time is such a complex and difficult concept – I don’t think you ever realise how much until you start to try to explain it to a child. For my part, I fear time. xx

    Thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics

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  11. The older you get, the faster it flies. As a kid I remember the year between birthdays crawling by, and now it zooms past. So sad. Incidentally, ‘Scluffy’ is now my favourite word and my imaginary future dog will be called Gatsby. Genius! #chucklemums


  12. What lovely post! I hate myself when I don’t have time for nothing. But when I do I make sure I LIVE OUT LOUD. Life is short; Time is short; Let’s make the most! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost My apology for the late reply – I am so bad at time keeping. xx

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  13. Time perplexes me in the way it passes at the same rate but doesn’t always feel that way. I recently heard “The days are slow but the years go fast.” which struck a chord with me. You definitely feel time passing more acutely as a parent. I’m not fussed about aging but I feel anxious about my child growing up too fast! #DreamTeam

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  14. I really need to take heed of some of these quotes, not least I need to learn to live in and experience the present a bit more. I’m so aware that these days with the little ones will fly by so quickly, but I need to maybe stop taking photos to look back on and concentrate on making more memories instead. Beautiful post. Thanks for linking with #DreamTeam x

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