Soon – my son’s fiance graduates from nursing school. How soon? Probably by the time you read this. Their wedding is soon – as soon as the leaves turn their fall flaming and butter colors. Soon, I celebrate my 40th wedding anniversary – but that’s an inbetween soon. There’s happy soons, agitated soons, sad soons, celebration soons, grieving soons, respite soons, testing soons, birthing soons. Can I rest soon? Will the cake be done soon? How soon, I ask the vet.
So many soons are swirling around
in the news, in the church, in the weather reports,
in my home
Soons are time markers for waiting
waiting for predictions to work themselves out
– truth tellers, charlatans, specialists, talkers
time markers for a mama to maybe catch her breath
or wait for little ones to grow for doing their wantings.
When will the babies birds fly, asks little learners.
Soon, I answer.
How much longer until dinner?
“Soon. Go play,” I say.
Soon enough for tests to be completed, for bank accounts to grow
for growing up things like houses and couches.
soons for babies to be born and words to learn.
When will night-times not be filled with a babies’ cry?
How much longer, God, I ask, about prayers sent out.
“Soon,” He says.
Soons for hellos, soons for good-byes,
soons for time for remembering and sorting through.
When will the laughter come after a hard good-bye?
Some soons aren’t for dancing.
Some soons are for tears,
but with the tears, soon comes the remembering
of the good things that were once soons.
Some things, no matter how long it takes,
are always too soon.
Right now, we’re in the wait of a sad soon. Her boys who have grown up to sleep in their own homes are visiting, comforting, cuddling, giving lots of love to the family’s hospitality committee on four legs. “Sadie’s such a lady,” they’ve always said. She might dress up as Ruth Sadie Ginsberg for Halloween, but she’s what a pure heart looks like. Soon is much too soon!
Won’t you join me over at Kate’s Place for 5 Minute Friday? Sit down, pull over a cup of Wild Apple Ginger Tea, and see what everybody else is writing about the word . . . “Soon.” Maybe you can join in – it’s just 5 minutes. Maybe you just want to have some writing fun – or maybe you need to write something out to help your heart.