Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Time Travel

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." ... Albert Einstein

I have always been fascinated with the concept of time travel. In some ways, I'm not sure if I believe in time ... at least time as we know it. I often think that everyone is happening at once, contrary to what Einstein said. Well, of course, who can argue with Einstein, but wouldn't it be nice to think that with the press of a button -- zappo, presto -- we could zip backwards and forwards in time, to any time we would like. I suppose some of us would go back in time, and perhaps some of us would go forward. Others might wish to stay right here. But when you think about it, in another place in time, people who have not been born yet are dancing under the warm summer sunshine. And in still another place in time, people we have lost are young again and are skipping through a field of daisies, or petting a cat, or falling in love for the first time. It is happening right now, only in another place in time.

If you had the opportunity to go anywhere in time you wished to go, where would it be? I think for me, I would go back to my family's wonderful little house on Latham Road, where I was surrounded by my friends, and we spent our time roller skating, playing hop scotch, bike riding, and feeling very safe walking to school. The world of possibilities still lay ahead of us.

34 comments:

Philippines said...

if only we can hold time in our hands, call it selfish, but i'll hold time during my happiest moments

Madame Ladybug (Ady) said...

My place is probably a little sad... but I would go back to last fall when my little sister was still with me. I would take back our last fight so that we wouldn't have been fighting when she died.

Pear tree cottage! said...

Jo, I would go back but then only if I could come back here again...

BUT Yes! I would love to travel back to a time when my great grandmother had church service’s in her lounge room (before the church was build) in a little wooden house that was brought to its final spot by ox's pulling a tray wagon.

And were my grandmother as a young girl learnt to use the camera and took some wonderful photos developing them under that very same house.

Were my mother was born and grew up right next door to that very same little house and were she watched her grandfather make a table and chairs out of timber he had cut from a tree, and were I was born right next door as well and not knowing my great grand mother other then the moments captured on my grandmothers camera in the garden of that little wooded house...........

O! YES! How I would love to go back there to feel, touch and smell all the things I could and bring back such wonderful memories to share with MY grandchildren about their great, great grandmother and that little wooden house.


Yes that is what I would do for sure.............I read those time travel historical romances (yes I admit it!)From time to time and that is where I always wish they took me.


Lee-ann

Pear tree cottage! said...

Sorry it is so long Jo, It just came flowing out of me faster then I could type!!

Lee-ann

lovelyprism said...

Good question. I think perhaps I would go forward in time. I'd like to see what becomes of my children and possible grandchildren and the world after I am no longer here. I'd like to see who has possession of the treasured family heirlooms and things like that too.

the walking man said...

I'd go back to the time before Cortez and DeSoto, before The Manifest Destiny of European conquest came upon the continent and be a Shaman for the indigenous peoples.

ZiLliOnBiG said...

wonderful post. made me think. i too have pondered if there is something called time ( in space time). I mean we all are few atoms and molecules, which form tissues and organs. we were there from the beginning of the universe and would be there till the very end. so why all the worries about death and aging. i am an immortal. Hehe:)))

Firefly said...

I have often wondered what it would be likr to travel back through time and to go and see places and events back in history for myself. See dinosaurs roaming the fields, see the pyramids being built, experience a castle in the middle ages, cowboys, explorers and so much more.

KathyB. said...

Hi Jo, I am catching up on blogs too! I would love to time travel, but maybe the temptation for me to meddle would not be a good thing for some!

I read your exploits as a latte smuggler into the theater and you would not have made it in our local theater....I was followed by an employee as I too tried to smuggle my Starbucks coffee in...she kept eying me and my bag and made me feel like the hardened criminal I am. I ended up just dumping it in the garbage because she was not going to leave me alone to drink it hot and in peace.
The theater gestapo!

annesherina said...

There's no better time than the time my precious child is alive and well.

Leah Fry said...

I have never been as happy as I am right now. It would be nice to be younger so I could have more years with the love of my life, but I'll take what I have.

Butler and Bagman said...

I'd go way into the future...I'm always fascinated by what we invent although I don't always see the possibilities at first. I remember buying our first microwave and wondering when we'd ever use it. And buying our first VCR and then trying to decide whether we would need two blank tapes or if one would be enough. LOL.

Alissa said...

Tough question. I have always had an interest in the past, in history, and it would an adventure to travel back and see some of my ancestors, but I am also fascinated by the future and curious about what it holds. It's tempting to travel forward through time as well. Perhaps, though I will stay right now, it isn't such a bad time.

mo'ikeha said...

Thank you for this entry of yours. Far too many times that i wish to be able to travel into the past, currently mostly because back than i had a refuge...probably time to think about my now & future...thank you for that.

Andrea said...

I'd would probably want to go back to my childhood home also. I have the best memories there. I would like to think that I would get to "know what I know now" before I went back. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to relive your life and NOT make the mistakes you've made? I guess they wouldn't call it "life" then!

The Bug said...

I've thought before that I'd love to visit historical places - but being a practical soul I figured I would be an outcast because I couldn't see (legally blind without my glasses until my lasik surgery - miracle!).

But as far as revisiting my own life - I don't think I'd want to unless I could change some things - & then I probably wouldn't have taken the path that led me to my husband, & that makes me sad. Interesting to think about!

The Pink Cowboy said...

I recently lost my mother and I am now an adult orphan. I would go back to a time when I was 6 or 7 and all my grandparents were alive. I miss them so much. I would love to see Mom and Dad and tell them what has been going on with my life lately. I miss their laughter and their hugs. A day never went through that I didn't get a hug and a kiss from them, even when I was an adult. I am grateful for this expression of Love.

Marcos Vinicius Gomes said...

I would like to go back to sixties, with all that agitated times ans protests. I would like too to go back to Soccer World Cup of 1970 to see The greatest football player of the world (sorry, I am brazilian) you know him - Pelé!
I don't know if I would like to go back to my childhood, because I remain a little bit of it into me...

Mean Mama said...

I have loved reading all of these comments, wonderful post Jo, thanks for the thinker! I would like to visit the past, not stay, and I would want to be an observer, as if I were on a safari. For every time that I think of that interests me is not a good time to be a woman. I would like to visit WWII era. I would like to meet the WACs and the WAVES and the AirWomen who hauled men and cargo. I would like to see shipbuilding, and aircraft building. I would like to visit all four of my grandparents who were active in the war. I would also like to see what things were like in other countries at that time. History that we learn in the US is quite slanted and from a US centered view. It was an ugly time in many ways, but also a catalyst for good things and innovations.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've always thought I'd go back to the crucifixion and then hang around until the resurrection.

Marguerite said...

Very thought provoking post, Jo! I'd like to be sitting at the dining room table at my parent's house when my mother and brother were still alive. She would have cooked her sinfully delicious Crab and Shrimp Sauce Piquante and I would be savoring every scrumptious bite and enjoying their company.

B said...

Although, if I ACTUALLY had the choice who knows what I'd say, but right now, I wouldn't want to use the ability to time travel.
What's the benefit in experiencing what you've already lived? We have our memories.
And by traveling forward, wouldn't we know our fate? The joy and thrill of only living right now comes from not knowing the outcomes to the decisions we make now. Terrifying, but thrilling.

B said...

Also, wasn't the Jane Austen quiz fun? I love silly quizzes like that!
I had been watching Sense and Sensibility so it was fun to do :)

me414 said...

Gosh, I can think of a few times in my life that I would like a "do-over", but since that can't be done, I'm just happy to stick to the time I'm in and try to remember all the lessons I learned from past mistakes so I don't repeat them again.

Well...now that I think about it, I might like to go back to my first kiss. That was special, even if the guy wasn't so special.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Don't we all "travel" back in time occasionally when we remember? I don't think I would want to go back. Wouldn't that change the "now"? I think I will pacify myself with sweet memories. As for going into the future...... kind of like going on a roller coaster; scary. Guess I will stay here in the here and now.

Dr.John said...

I'm happy with the time I'm in. If we went back in time we would retain our present age and might discover things were not as wonderful as we choose to remember them.

crone51 said...

I would visit the future because it pisses me off to know that I won't get to see the end of my kids stories( hopefully!) and won't know if we ever get flying cars and rocket packs and stuff.

PhilipH said...

How do you do it Jo? What inspired you to raise such a great question? I guess we can all fantasise about this and for me it would have to be a return to mid-1951. I was learning to do the waltz, foxtrot, tango etc in Jimmy Quinn's dance school. I was sixteen-and-a-half. Met my first true love, Stella, who was 23. I'd lied about my age, and because of this I had to leave her when I was 17, but she thought I'd be 18 and due to go into the armed services.

I was a young and foolish lad who couldn't face Stella once I'd written a confessional letter of goodbye.

50 years later I found her again but of course everything was different then. She was not the Stella I once knew; she had her own true love now, her husband.

But it would be so lovely just to hold her and kiss her as it was in 1951. She loved me too, then , and I'd hurt her when I sent my goodbye letter to her.

Oh Jo, you've really started something now! Go stand on the naughty step!

Phil

ivan said...

Ah, culture vultures.
We had just viewed Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descendng a Staircase, and then at the art museum there was, for some reason a picture of Newt Gingrich descending the staircase of the Capitol. Said clever son, "That's 'Newt descending a stair case'"-- as indeed he was in that Esquire photo.

PhilipH said...

Mind you, if I couldn't go back in time to 1951 then I guess it could be highly beneficial to go forward by just ten minutes or so.

Just think of it! You could know the result of the 2.30 horse race at 2.25 ... and have a little[?] bet on the winner. No, couldn't do that; 'twouldn't be fair...

Carrie said...

Beautiful post!

I love the concept of things happening in "another place" instead of the moments simply ceasing to exist. :) Lovely.

Paula Slade said...

A world of "possibilities" do indeed exist - there seem to be more than 10 dimensions now. For me, I'd go back to be seven and playing hopscotch on our front sidewalk on warm summer evenings with my mother.

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