How Long WAS Two Years?

By | January 27, 2014

How long is two years? Civilians may not mark time in 2-year increments, but this is an important question for anyone considering joining the Peace Corps, where the minimum commitment is 27 months—just over two years.

TWO YEARS AGO, January 28, 2012, I posted a blog entry, called, “How Long is Two Years?

In case you don’t recall, it’s a post about how long two years is. In it, I mentioned various time commitments in my life.

I concluded that in my life, two years is a mere drop in the bucket.

But then I wondered about the significance of two years in the lives of those I love, particularly those of my siblings, nieces, nephews, and friends’ kids. There were a lot of little ones crawling around before I left for Peace Corps.

Are you wondering, as I was, “How big have they grown in the years I was gone?”

Below, you will see pictures of the same cute kids I had pictures of before—this time older and more grown up. After the current photo, I have the photo I showed in my entry 2 years ago. See the differences! (* Note: There’s a slight glitch in the album settings… If you click on the pictures to make them bigger, and then try to click through them, they’ll be in a completely different order. Sorry! I recommend clicking on each one to see it bigger, then clicking the “Back” button on your browser before moving onto the next one. Also, not all of these pictures are mine. Most are thanks to the mother of that particular kid.)

Two years ago, I wrote,

It’s all about perspective, because two years from now, I will be sitting on my balcony, bare feet up on the rails, holding a huge mug of coffee, eating a scone, and telling you, “Two years ago, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia, freezing in my room, watching the snow falling outside my window and wondering if winter would ever end. Where did the time go?”

I am proud to announce that two years later, I am living in California where it’s 70 degrees and sunny, and am about to move into a house with a balcony and an ocean view. By this time on Saturday, I will be sitting on my balcony, bare feet up on the rails, holding a huge mug of coffee, eating a scone, and wondering,

“Where did the time go?”


What crazy things have happened to you in the past two years? Do you think two years is a long time or a short time? Where do you hope to be two years from now?

Please comment below.


You might also like: