Sunday, April 18, 2010

the nature of time and place


i keep thinking about time. maybe because it feels like it's getting away from me. or going too fast. or that there's simply not enough of it. and i feel carried away on the winds of time like a fluffy feather, without any hope at all of preventing it, time is just going to take me wherever it wants.

there are certain places i've been where it felt like time slowed down and was enough. the half year i studied in russia, time elongated itself and i could fit everything in that i wanted - long rides on romantic old trains, walks and countless cups of tea with friends, spoonsful of homemade cherry jam and  deep conversations, walks in the park, walks in the snow, trips to the opera and ballet, concerts and of course studying, reading and homework. there was enough time for all of it.

my father-in-law's house (which now belongs to my sister-in-law) is the same way. time stretches out there and there's enough of it for you to read another page of that book before dinner, add one more line to your drawing, play one more hand of cards or have one more glass of wine.

i'm hoping the new house is that way too...but i guess only time will tell...

10 comments:

Char said...

i think that time stretches or contracts in proportion to contentment and peace. there are many days that i enjoy that.

mrs mediocrity said...

yes, I know what you mean...certain places seem to have more time than others. I hope your new house has it, too.

Joanna Jenkins said...

It seems that lately I've been "buying" time which means things are getting done that should-- but i'm doing the best I can..... Maybe a trip to your SIL would help me get on track ;-)

Gorgeous picture.

xo

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rayfamily said...

Wonderful post! I agree, I've thought about time this weekend too, with Sid's birthday. Time seems to go so fast. I have had times too, when it's lingered so that you can noticeably savor each moment.

The outside stresses do continue, But I know since we've moved to our property those savoring moments happen regularly. Now it's just figuring out how to sustain them. I'm certain you'll find that in your new home!

Erin Wallace said...

I would love to go to a place where time slowed down for a bit. Sounds like a dream. Things go to fast here - I had a newborn who is three just yesterday, my daughter is old enough to drive - it just flies. I need a "time stands still" place.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like the house of your in-laws is a more than lovely house. Wish I had found a place like that.

Have a good start of another busy week.

sarahowens said...

Me too, I wish I had a place like you speak of. It sounds wonderful.

Jess said...

Have you ever read "Einstein's Dreams"?
It's a small book, easily finished in a day {if there is enough time}.
Sounds like you're on to his theories... :)

Hope time slows for you a bit!
Have a good day!

Gwen said...

Sounds like time for vacation? And really, I'm always amazed at how much you fit into the time you have. I've decided I must be one of the slower turtles in the world. Oh well. Slow and steady, etc.