Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sundial

Time waits for no man, woman or child. It's both a curse and a pleasure rolled into one. In our youth, it's marked by go, go, go. Everything couldn't happen fast enough, turning to a teen, 18 and off to college, the age of 21, then 25 a quarter of 100. Now, I say, "Life, could you please slow down a bit? I'm not ready to grow old. I have too much livin' to do." Ever watch grass grow? It's a pretty imperceptible process, but each May and June I'm still mowing the yard once or even twice a week. When does it do all that growin'? At night? Same goes for this sundial. Watch the sun creep across this marked blade. It moves at the same snail-paced speed, but before we know it, the day is done. So let's all try to enjoy today... it ain't comin' back soon.

Trivia note: Back in the summer of '74, my pal Fillinger and I, constructed the base for this sundial at Evergreen Cemetery.

22 comments:

  1. Living is like time and when the clock begins to chime and you hear it, you never know how many times it will chime. My time and your time is like that. Our life is like the clocking ticking away.

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  2. Your post is spot on...and nice photo to go along with it. It seems time is even more difficult to wrangle with nowadays due to our ever increasing distractions and recreational opportunities. Enjoy the day!

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  3. A wonderful sundial! Did you made only the base?

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  4. You must have been a mere child, Mr. Bird... wonderful words whose message is not lost on me.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter,
    G

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  5. A wonderful connection you have to that sundial and the time passing that it represents!

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  6. Brilliant reflections, as usual. I've been thinking about time, too, lately.

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  7. When I was young, my dad used to talk about how fast time would go when I got older and when you are young, it's hard to believe. But, he was right!

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  8. Make the most of the day! Excellent post! Enjoy your day.

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  9. Yes, and when we take more time, we receive more. Wonderful post. And good one on the bird nest. I'll be looking out for sure!

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  10. Wow that's a beautiful thought. You are absolutely right. When I was a kid I wanted to grow so fast and now like you said I am not in a hurry anymore. Beautiful picture!
    Happy Easter!

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  11. You were quite an enterprising youth back in '74...building a base for a sundial! Kudos to you. Now, 37 years later, what have you learned? I know I'd like to push the stop button on time, but that's not possible, so, I'm trying to live each moment as best I can.

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  12. And a very happy Easter to you too!

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  13. Happy Easter, Birdman! I like to read and watch your blog so much.

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  14. When my son was young it seems I was always saying hurry, hurry, hurry. Now the last thing I am is in a hurry. I prefer a slower life watching the world go by.

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  15. Nice. Reminds me of Blake:

    Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
    Who countest the steps of the sun,
    Seeking after that sweet golden clime
    Where the traveller’s journey is done;

    Where the youth pined away with desire,
    And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
    Arise from their graves and aspire;
    Where my sunflower wishes to go.

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  16. True. Time weighed heavy on our hands when we were kids. Now it seems so fleeting it seems weightless and slips through our fingers. Tempus fugit in a big way. Still, a good spring day brings hope and energy.

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  17. I rarely see sundials, but they are such iconic symbols of the passing of time.

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  18. Great post and a beautiful piece of time!

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  19. Wow, nicely said. You can watch time go by if you watch the shadows in the mornings and evenings.

    You realize how fast time is going by if you are trying to get a particular shot with just the right light. Blink and the sun has risen into the sky too much so you have to wait, now time slows down, for the next day to start.

    Thought provoking post, thanks.

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