Fast, as an adjective
I am a fast horse, galloping across the field in front of our house, or a bear, loping through woods, or a bird, leaping off the living room sofa into my father’s arms. I want to fly, too, and often do, climbing the highest trees and swaying wildly in the wind. I ride my bike down dangerous hills with my sisters and fast friends in our rural Connecticut neighborhood, all of us shouting, “Look ma, no hands!”
Summers last forever, but the hands on the clock make fast work of my childhood.
Fast, as an adverb
Events follow fast upon one another. I am a teacher; I am a wife; I am a mother; I am a single parent. I hold fast to my children, guiding them as best I can. I sleep fast rather than fall fast asleep. After coming to believe, I open my hands and pray.
Summers slip by all too fast, and soon my galloping children fly away.
Fast, as noun and verb
The weight-loss advertisement on Twitter shows women at various ages. For those over 65, the ad recommends no breakfast and abstaining from food at night and intermittent fasts. I do not like to fast but do so before medical procedures and in solidarity with others and to be steadfast.
No fast for us this past week. Keith and I celebrated his 75th birthday, first with fast friends, then with a neighbor, then the two of us here out to dinner, then the two of us at home. How fast those 75 years went, and my 75th is fast approaching.
Rather than worry about social media standards and fasting, Keith and I focus on finishing well. We look forward with hope and being able to say what Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Fast friends, the adjective; holding fast, the adverb; fast from food, the noun; fast-forward, the verb.
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It’s fascinating the many ways to use certain words.
Fascinating and fun to explore word usage and subtle meanings. Thank you for your comment, Luanne! -C.D.
What a refreshing post, as your lives flashed before my eyes! Congratulations on your 75 years each of you.
Thank you, Dawn, and good to meet you! -C.D.
Thank you, my friend! Trust all is well. -C.D.
Love what you’ve done with this week’s prompt.
Thank you, Sandra! -C.D.
What a fun way to approach this week’s prompt!
Thanks – it was fun to write!
Carole, this is such a blessed post. As we mature, we begin to understand that our approach to life doesn’t need to be fast. God has been holding the reins all along. Blessings to you and Keith.
Ah, thank you, Richard, for your wise words and encouragement. Bless you! -C.D.
I love the glimpses at your life through one word. Happy birthday to your husband!
Thank you, thank you! -C.D.