Monday, August 16, 2010

'Now' is precious

"Mamma, look."
"Not now", I snapped. "I'm in a hurry. Come on fast."
"But Mamma, look, this is so interesting."
"I'm telling you, not now. Let's go home."
"But Mamma, please."
"Come on. Can't you realise I am in a hurry. I don't have time to waste."
"Mamma, but just see these ants for one minute. They are so pretty."
"Are you coming or not?", I threatened. "Okay, but only for two minutes."

We spent some precious minutes watching ants carry home a tiny piece of bread.
Most things can wait five minutes. Time spent enjoying the "now" is priceless.
A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Join me in welcoming Rana DiOrio of Little Pickle Press here tomorrow, as she talks about her awesome new book "What Does It Mean To Be Present?"


Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What a wonderful reminder to savour each moment, especially with one's children. Those moments pass so quickly and if we miss them, we never get to see the ants again.

Karen Walker said...

I'm with Margot. We also will never have those moments when our children want to share something special with us. Now is very precious. Great post, Rayna.

Mary McDonald said...

Love the drabble. It's so important to take a few extra moments to enjoy the 'now', instead of hurrying towards the 'later'.

Just a moment ago, my daughter came up and draped herself over me while I was trying to type something. I was annoyed at first, and she said, "I just wanted to give you a hug." so of course I hugged her back and we spent a minute cuddling, where I 'cursed' her for being so darn cute and cuddly. ;-) She giggled and said she'd she was going to lay on me forever. lol.

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

What a wonderful moment. Time is precious and we should spend it wisely.

Trudy said...

I love this! Such a welcome and necessary reminder that we should never be in too much of a hurry to miss the right now!

God bless you dear!

Deb said...

I loved this so much. I keep trying to get my blog to be more succinct. This is a great exercise and beautifully done I might add!

Anonymous said...


Jules said...

How true! Now is Now and will never be again. :D
Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have some smart boys. And glad to see you are featuring Rana's book.

slommler said...

Taking the time is priceless for sure! For kids, there is only "now" time. Wonderful!

Jemi Fraser said...

The now time is super important - especially if the now involves little ones and wonder :)

Clarissa Draper said...

I have been trying to take more minutes to smell the roses. I never regret the moments I watch the doves or the big leaf-cutter ants or the dogs playing in the yard.
Clarissa Draper from Listen To The Voices

Not Hannah said...

Lovely. I need to tattoo this on my forehead for days like this.

Saumya said...

Love it! You are incredible at conveying the essence of a moment!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful drabble, you have a lovely way with words.


Anonymous said...

Definately one of the better blogs I've visited today. Thanks for sharing. Now its time to spend a few minutes with my kids.

Stephen Tremp

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

It’s moments like that you’ll remember forever – besides ants are fascinating creatures.

Boonsong said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thanks.

All the best, Boonsong

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Aww, sweet. At least he was admiring them! I used to burn them by holding a magnifying glass over them!

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Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot - I do wish I could hold onto them forever, though.

@ Karen- that is really sad, isn't it?

@ Mary- how utterly wonderful. Not many kids are as generous with their hugs.

@ Holly- it is, isn't it?

@ Trudy- you are really lucky- Ben is so young, and you have so many more of those moments yet to come

@ Deb- thank you. Try.

@ Fiona - thanks

@ Jules- and yet, we choose not to see it

@ Alex- and thank you for connecting the two of us.

@ SueAnn - it is, isn't it?

@ Jemi- absolutely

@ Clarissa- nothing comes of it, but it makes us happy- what could be more important

@ Heather - not on your forehead- you wouldn't even be able to read it then :-)

@ Saumya- thank you.

@ Yvonne - thank you

@ Stephen- thank you so much.

@ Jane- I adore ants too, and have spent many hours watching them.

@ Boonsong - thank you

@ Jessie- you were way more creative than they are.


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