TEMPUS FUGIT reads the phrase on the face of the grandfather clock in our living room. It belonged to grandparents and I inherited it after they died.

Wikipedia tells us Tempus fugit is a Latin phrase, usually translated into English as “time flies”. The expression comes from line 284 of book 3 of Virgil’s Georgics, where it appears as fugit inreparabile tempus: “it escapes, irretrievable time”.

Time rules us all and has a way of getting away from us.

“TO MY WIFE VERA ON OUR 40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY JULY 25, 1980 RILEY”

Riley died in November 2010. Vera left us in July 2012.Time has been a bigger topic than usual in my world lately. Summer vacation is quickly winding down for the children in my household. My oldest is apprehensive about the beginning of high school marching band. She’ll be a freshman in the coming school year and she’s understandably eager, yet cautious. Even stressed out slightly.

“It won’t be long now,” I told her as we talked of the coming month.

“I want to go on one more road trip before then,” she said.

“If only we have time.”

Two years ago, I sent this note to my staff back in Louisiana. In many ways, it feels like a blink of an eye. In others, my time there feels like a lifetime ago.

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