The Momentum of Time

And now, as I slowly spin with my planet, another day has flown by me at the speed of light.

There are three major moments of each day, landmarks on which I can tag everything else.
1. Wake up
2. Get off of work
3. Realize it’s time to put the kids to bed and call it a night.

The days are of course filled with interesting sights and thoughts, but they blur together sometimes like a painting in a store window as you pass it in a bus.

And riding across the continent on a Greyhound is something everyone should do. Sit there and grab hold of the layer upon layer of interest in the sights. The world stands still, an art gallery for you, in the speeding grey cylinder, to absorb as much of as you can before it passes you by.
The old woman walking her inevitable poodle – children immersed in the cliche of childhood – the street corners you will never know what it is like to stand on and wait for your ride. Right on that very spot, in that certain shadow, staring at the arrangement of cracks in the sidewalk there – that feeling will remain a mystery, a pixel of color in the panorama of your cross-continental excursion.

All these moving images make it difficult for the mind’s eye to focus on just one, and so they become a breathing, moving metaphor, a caricature of memories you never earned – of lessons you may never learn – because you are moving too fast for the lives that you see – and some of them are a lot like your own. Slow time down – beat the clocks – we move this fast and time gets lost.

And now, as my three-part day comes to a close, the children are in bed and my fingers again stop typing with the self-consciousness of one who has said too much too fast.

The Momentum of Time


Joined January 2008

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