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11 Dec Time Travel

When you think of time travel, what comes to mind? Depending on your age, it could be H.G. Wells or it could be Dr. Who. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to time travel in your own capsule? If you did, where would you go? Would you travel back to a previous era, or would you go ahead to some distant time?

If it seems like the kind of thing only science fiction writers ponder, you would be surprised to know that we are all time travellers almost every day.

Lately, I have been seeing “Throwback Thursday” posts on Facebook: someone will post a picture of an event that took place in the ’70s or earlier. My daughter recently posted a picture taken when she was about two curled up on a couch next to her father. She is now 42. Ian had a full head of dark hair and was wearing polyester checkered pants. When I saw that picture, I travelled back – back to the room, the house and many of the memories the photograph evoked.

How about the sound of the most popular rock ‘n’ roll tune that was playing when you were 15, 16 or 17? No matter how stiff you feel physically now, your kinesthetic body puts on its poodle skirt and gets prepared to twist and bop.

Recently, during the Moss Street Paint In, I was walking back to my car when I heard a young girl gloriously singing “Summertime” from *Porgy and Bess*. This was the lullaby I sang to my daughters when they were babies. A great lump developed in my throat as I listened and, once again, I was transported back to the rocking chair where I sat with daughters in my arms.

So, time travellers, why not share some of the travelling you have been doing the last little while? We don’t need exotic machines, all we need is that wonderful universe we carry in our minds.

Happy travelling.

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