Short, But No Less Sweet

Mayhaps you think they’re children yet

Allowing that their age can never beget

Yet often I know we can forget

For in their lives full joy is met

Love and care and family found yet

You know not just what out of such a short life animals get


I was looking at Vincent, the puppy, and marveling at how quickly he has grown. He’s already three times as big as he was when we first got him. Most animals grow so fast compared to us humans and they don’t tend to live as long as we do. (I’m talking about animals that I’ve had, I know there are some that live twice as long as humans, if not longer.) I’ve also been reading some of Tolkien’s work and thinking about how many of the longer lived races look at the hobbits or the humans in that world. Those with less years in total prospective lifespan seem to be like mayflies to many of the longer-lived races.

That doesn’t make the years that they have to give any less meaningful to me.