Sunday, January 6, 2013

Time Marches On...

Isn't it weird how the very character of time seems to change as you grow older.  I don't know if you've noticed it or not, but hours disappear without any trace.  Example...Lots of days Lloyd and I will go out at noon for a quick lunch and by the time we're heading back home, it's supper time!  Where did those few hours go?  Lunch, driving around, brousing in stores, sitting and talking??  Surely not for 5 hours!  And when I get up in the morning and get on the computer before breakfast and look at my watch a few minutes later and it's noon already!  How does that happen??  Weird.

And what about the years?  I certainly don't consider myself 'old', yet in four short months the Government of Canada will begin sending me monthly "Old Age" pension cheques.  That's what they call them..."old age pension".  How insulting.  Not that I'd ever return the cheques because I object to the term "old"  but, my goodness,

I will probbaly be saying that lol .Old age.   aging

Have you ever noticed that the young people (teens and twenties) don't wear wrist watches?  When I mentioned this to my 'baby' who is 26 (and when did that happen?!) she said that they don't need them.  They have their cell phones and other electronic devices that tell them what time it is.  Weird progress.

Our niece Rachel and a couple of her daughters were visiting us the other day.  Her 9-year old daughter, Ivory, after taking a tour of the house, made the observation that "there sure are a lot of clocks in this house".

 Now this is true.  Lloyd and I noticed that fact earlier in the day when we brought home a newly purchased clock and hung it in the kitchen...where we already had two wall clocks hanging as well as the clocks on the microwave over and the stove.  Does anyone have the time?  In our defence, we did, that same day, have to throw away a clock that had broken.  And how could we ever get rid of this favorite of all clocks, according to the kids anyway?

We like clocks.  Our kids have given us clocks for birthdays and Christmas.  They all must be put to use.  And then we need alarm clocks, nightstand clocks, little purse clocks, watches.  Oh no!  I don't have an egg timer!

I have a theory that as a person grows older she becomes more aware of the passing of time and in order to not let any of it escape unnoticed, it becomes necessary to be cognisant of where it's all going, when and how.  So we get clocks and watches, sundials and hourglasses to help us appreciate the good times of our life. 

That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

All in good time.



Anonymous said...

Good blog, Mom. Greg says the reason he looks so young is that he doesn't have a watch (or a cell phone) so time has no hold of him. Seems to be working so far!

RoeH said...

I love watches. I don't understand these youngins today.

Mickey said...

Time slips by, months disappear and the years fly by. It's hard to believe at times. Good thing we take pictures to look back. And there's another thing. Our young ones don't print photos! `They keep them all on the computer. Aren't our children and grandchildren lucky they will have albums of pretty memories to look through in years to come. Most of their friends will not.

Holly said...

They really call it old age pension? That's awful. But I'd take it too. I love clocks too as a matter of fact, I don't think I have enough. Been looking for an old one that chimes on the half hour. Don't know the last time I was in someones house that had one of those.

Granny Annie said...

I have some old watches that were favorites but don't work anymore and cannot be repaired. I wear them anyway because I don't need them for the time. My cell phone provides the time and always accurate at that with no winding necessary:)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Time goes faster and faster as we age. I quit wearing a watch when I retired as I know longer have to be on a schedule due to working. I have made it a point to be aware of each day more. I no longer do half what I used to and everything seems to take longer. Good thing I retired when I did. I have a lot of clocks here at home too and I like your idea of how they help us to keep track of the days.

thisisme said...

Oh I so agree with your theory, Pat! My daughters never wear watches either, which I always find very strange. We have a clock in virtually every room in the house! Being retired, it's so lovely to be able to just wake up when you want to, especially with the dark mornings we have at the moment, and not be woken up by the alarm clock! Happy new year to you and yours.

Laeli said...

I was just thinking about that kitty cat clock :)

Time is all relative anyway. I've had some pretty strange things happen regarding time does seem to change and warp as the years go on. Its most odd!

Delena said...

Your kitty clock reminds me of a clock we used to have. It was a red apple and saw it in many homes at that time... Yes time does go by quick. I just have to look at my grandchildren and how they seem to grower taller by the day. Also, I know what you are talking about when you get up in the morning, do a few things and it is night time in one blink it seems!

Magpie said...

I love all your insights on time and how it changes as we age (gracefully). I have missed visiting and hope to be correcting that oversight in the new year.

We have a lot of Canadian visitors in the Valley right now. :)