Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Contemplating The Passage Of Time, With Yet So Much To Do--

The above photo was taken by a dear childhood friend this past Saturday. I am sitting on the window seat in her apartment, with our State Capitol in full view. It has been a most interesting past 7 days. The following description is but one, with several others to be included at a later time, when I can sit, & further contemplate, to it's fuller dimensions. The following is just one of these stories:

A week ago today I met with a friend of years of ole [2o years ago, actually]. We met through the mutual friendship of our sons, both preschoolers. We as many parents were enrolled in a Sunday School program at a Unitarian Universalist Church. Our family's involvement was a most heartfelt & meaningful one as it was my first introduction to Unitarian Universalism. I was on a search for the most part, delving into considerations of what would be suitable for our formative, interfaith family. After two school years of a positive experience I still decided that the 35 minute trek out on Sunday mornings wasn't the "full answer". It can get complicated in an interfaith family, but we evolved & shared over time with our children, the faith based traditions from where we've come, the overall theme being-- peace, love & understanding. That was, & is our best to this day.

Anyway getting back to this mini reunion of a week ago-- My son's friend's Dad from those years gone by, is a geologist who has written & lectured about the history of stonewalls here in New England. You may have read his first book on this topic-- "Stone By Stone" by, Robert Thorson. It's an excellent book, actually a well worn library favorite, explaining the different types of stonewalls in our region, & their history with construction methods detailed of how to identify the different types. Our Conservation Commission is hosting a Stonewall Protection Workshop this coming evening & we are so looking forward to one of our favorite book's author, as we New Englanders are very passionate about our stonewalls. Many of these walls remain an intrinsic part of our landscapes & are not only massive in size, but hundreds of years old. Not as old as the pyramids, but some are definitely as old, or older than the original colonies of this land, I think. We shall find out tonight.

It's interesting that as antique as a topic may be, & far away & long ago in time when people used to meet & greet frequently, & then time passes again of course, & then you meet again, reacquaint over the span of decades, again a shared interest of helping one another, to learn & grow. We are not as impermeable as those stonewalls, yet they too mark us in this, small/vast world.

My Father, of whom, who's nickname was "Rock", {an actual rocket scientist, never at a loss for words}, would probably say in the original Latin-- "Time Flies". I do agree.

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