This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a swift passage. You can take inspiration from any source. Who is going where and why. What makes it swift? Go where the prompt leads!
I think life itself is a quick passage. Time flies, as “they” say, quoting Virgil.
It is often also said, quoting George Bernard Shaw, that time is wasted on the young.
It’s only wasted because they have so much of it, they don’t know what to do with it. I wish they could save it up and use it when they get older and don’t have enough. I know I never have enough and wish I’d been able to save more of it for these rainy days.
Why is it that a day in a child’s life can be so looooong, and a year in an (older) adult’s life can be so short?
That’s where Charli’s prompt took me. I hope you enjoy it.
“How long does it take to get old, Grandma?”
“Not long enough, Mickey. Never long enough.”
She’d once thought anyone over fifty was old, that it’d take infinity to get there. Now she well exceeded that number. She didn’t feel older, just creaked louder.
“My birthday takes too long. I want it now.”
“It’ll come soon enough, Mickey. Then another, and another. Soon you’ll be counting as many years as me.”
“That’s too long, Grandma.”
“When you get to my age, Mickey, you’ll see how short life is. Time doesn’t only fly when you’re having fun, it flies regardless.”
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.