I Know the Years Pass Quickly


Someone asked me the other day how things were going…

Simple question, complex answer.

Some things are going really well. We were fortunate to get accepted into summer camp so my son’s life could return to some normalcy. In return, so could mine and my husband’s.

My business is ok. We’ve somewhat rebounded from COVID-19 shutdown, but we’ve got a ways to go.

Oh, and we’re opening another business. No explanation here – we’re just crazy.

As I mention a few of the above responses, because no one really has time to listen these days, I hear the same thing often “the years pass quickly.”

What if I told you I know that already? What if I told you regardless of how quickly or slowly time passes, I’m still tired?

I feel like anytime a parent makes a statement, especially right now, in regards to being tired or staying at home, there’s a quick response on how quickly time passes. As if we should grin and bear it; suck it up and be happy.

Regardless of how fast the years pass, I’m ready for normal. No, not “new normal.” Just, ya know, normal. No, I didn’t enjoy three months of being home with my child. I enjoy my child, but I enjoy working, too. I love spending time with my son, but not at the expense of both of our sanity.

“You’re going to miss these days.”

True, I also miss when he was missing his front teeth because those photo ops were my favorite. But I love watching him grow up, too. After all, we can’t stay toothless forever.

When a friend needs a break, feels overwhelmed, or simply wants to resume normal activity, let’s pause for a second and respond with some support and positivity. After all, we all have a calendar.

Traci Pecot
NOLA born and raised, Traci moved to Lafayette in 2005 to pursue a career in corporate marketing. She married her husband Ryan in 2010 and adopted her son, now 8, in 2016. Today, along with being a full time mom, she owns and operates a dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility in Lafayette. She and her husband maintain a part-time residence in NOLA, spending weekends "home" visiting family and friends. Avid sports fan, dog obsessed, wanna be distance runner (finishing just one half-marathon), and adoption enthusiast, she looks forward to adding "blog contributor" to her lists of accomplishments. 

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