Time moved in two directions because every step into the future carried a memory of the past… — Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1

I have mostly ignored Ali Edwards this year and in past years, I don’t think I have paid much attention to the “companion word” lesson. But time just seemed the perfect word for companions… it seems to invite them.

  • I thought about time and space… such perfect companions.
  • And then there is the juncture of time… an intersection, as it were,  of things happening. Perhaps an ending and a beginning.
  • Then there is the time of music… rhythm and all the delight it brings to my day!
  • And how about set time… the scheduled time of our lives. Not much fun here… but it is perhaps the most necessary sort of time!
  • At 63 I am most familiar with the keeping of time in years, months, weeks, days… I remember time dragging when I was young, but my thoughts on this being the final Monday in June surprised me… this month just raced by!
  • Finally… when you add all these things together, I have my life experience… the collection of minutes, days, weeks, months, years… all of which are memories of the past… lots of memories to carry with me into the future!

I have been thinking about those memories a lot this month as I contemplated companions of time… and so I would add another companion to time… memory. In my “memory thinking,” I thought about how my grandparents shared memories… vivid memories… every time I visited them. I need to keep those memories… so I am going to begin a bit of a memory journal, where I can write down the stories that were shared with me. That way, their memories can live on past them… and past me.

Added to all of that is my reread of Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 and my month has been full of time contemplation! I don’t think I really tuned in to all the fascinating time references that Auster shares in the lives of Ferguson… but this time, with time on my radar, I am finding so much to contemplate, to consider, to change my view. I think that my reread of 4 3 2 1 was a timely intervention by the OLW gods!

…and while all people are bound together by the common space they shared, their journeys through time were all different, which meant that each person lived a slightly different world from everyone else. — Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1

I love this thought… though we are all in the same “time frame” we all have very different journeys. A gentle reminder for kindness, empathy, and openness to those who cross our paths… I need this reminder more often than I’d care to admit!

And there you have my collection of thoughts on time this month… (and for those keeping track, this month a word began showing up on my radar all over the place! I am thinking… potential OLW ’25?? And while I am excited by this, I know the journey to December still has many days to go, but I think this could prove to be a fascinating word to study!)

I would like to thank Carolyn for her timely reminders on our OLW updates because I really needed that reminder this month! Stop over there and see how everyone else did on their word journeys!

See you all back here on Wednesday with some Unraveling!


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