Posted by Elysabeth Williams

When I turned twenty-five, I stared down the face of thirty. Fear was palpable. I slid down my last half of my twenties in a haze, landing at my dreaded age with arms full of a newborn. I always heard, if you blink, it would become ten years later. I’ve blinked, and I now stare down forty, standing in the middle of my thirties. The fear has not waned. I stand here with two children now, one in school and the other giving sass. I force my eyes wide to let the air dry them out, petrified to blink again.

another 100 word challenge from velvetverbosity's site.

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love this. i'll be forty in 38 days. feeling oddly calm about it. the journey is on-course, it seems.

January 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Oh, darlin', keep those eyes open and pay very close attention to every precious minute. I've blinked a few times, and those kids of mine have kids of their own.

January 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

One more blink and I'll be 50... one child graduating high school, the other from college. It really does go by so fast.

(via Velvet Verbosity)

January 26, 2010 at 6:49 AM

Thanks all :D The topic of the week really smacked me for some reason. Hit a little too close to home ;)

Hope you have a great week!

January 26, 2010 at 8:13 PM

I'm only half of thirty, but there's a part of me that is already scared to blink.

Great writing, brilliant ending.

January 29, 2010 at 10:26 AM

cheeky- i felt like you wrote this to me! at 30 i too had my arms filled with a new born. i have blinked, now i have one in school, the other with sass. oh, oh, oh, the sass! but i want to freeze them. right here. right now. stop growing. stay still. awesome post. very relatable, perfectly done! love it!

January 30, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Thanks.. this was very cathartic to write, even though it was just 100 words. :)
It's amazing what just a few words can convey.

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