Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We went to the ocean.
Casey went to the same beach when he was young. He figured if he'd last visited at age 8, it'd have been 20 years since he was there.
I used to be horribly embarrassed when adults said things like that. Blushing for them. Didn't they know how old it made them sound? It seemed lewd and improper.
I thought adults did it to shock themselves or others with the span of time. We say it, and then we marvel at the passage of time...
We say it so we can step into time and feel the weight and texture of two decades in a moment. We try to hold its mass in our minds, turn it over, and see the space it takes up from different angles.
In sharing the moment with another, we say, "this is the span of my life". It is an intimate act.
Posted by Melissa at 7:21 AM