Joe's new bonsai
Joe and I had a very weird conversation yesterday about leaving for a year. He found a bonsai tree in the PX yesterday. We bought it and he's been babying this tree since. I said to him in passing, I sure hope I can keep it alive for a year. And then he made a comment about how much different it could be in a year.
We dont have kids to mark any sort of passing of time. The yorkie we have will look exactly the same in 12 months. But it dawned on us both that time doesnt stop here just because he is there. The lemon tree may be huge and producing fresh lemons. His bonsai could be adorable.
I know it sounds silly, and kind of absurd that we havent thought of this earlier. I keep telling myself that 12 months isnt a very long time, but in the context of some things, it can be pretty long. I dont know how mothers and fathers deal with this time. Kids grow so fast! How do parents deal with the fact they are missing an entire year of their child's life?