July 26, 2012 Posted by: Catherine

As I ponder on a topic for today, I couldn't help but imagine what this place would be like in the 1800's.  There may not be any buildings or street lamps or even the walkway outside our building.  I see the fire hydrant and the willow tree by the dried creek, however, I have no prediction as to how old they may be.  So much as changed over the past years, time just races.  Already, two weeks have past; summer will be ending soon.

I would like to know how it would be like in the past and how it would be like in the future.  Watching a movie recently, I remember how it talked about how people will always want to be in a different time period, never considering how lucky they are to be living in their own.  I would be a perfect example.

Asking myself would it be better to experience the past and the future, or have time to stop, stop forever.  If we had control of the 4th dimension, we would be able to control time.  We'd make it stop, make it rewind, but never be able to make it speed up.

So many memories I have lost.  Some of childhood I have completely forgotten, however, with these writings, I wish to never lose.  I want to be able to recall my preschool classmates, every single one.

The agony and pain of knowing, yet not knowing...Knowledge I remember after the continuous learning every school year; however, events I have forgotten.  Why are our brains so smart, yet we cannot even remember what we have done?

I will not leave in sadness after all.  This has brought me happiness.

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  1. July 27, 2012 at 06:42

    You have touched on a profound topic. How,do we hold onto our past while going forward? In fact, you are already doing that by writing. I hope you continue to write Ina diary or in an online blog. As for recapturing the past, that is where reading widely comes in. At least, it does for me. That is how I get to picture the past and learn from it. Luckily, there are many wonderful books about Philadelphia during the colonial period.

  2. July 26, 2012 at 05:39

    I too have also wondered about living in the past or the future, thinking of this in a romantic way. Yet I am now thinking that if I were able to time travel, I'll still be me. I'll take myself - my strengths and my challenges - along. So, I have decided to just enjoy and make the most of each moment, no matter the time! Sounds like you have done that too!

  3. July 26, 2012 at 02:24

    I detect a note of sadness in your writing today. You do not want to remember everything that you have been exposed to in the past. Your poor brain would explode. We pick and chose what we want to remember that what makes us special. I will remember your excellent writings for quite sometime. You have given me food for thought again today. Please keep writing. Good luck and much success.

  4. July 26, 2012 at 12:59

    So instead of "Midnight in Paris" we have "Midnight in Philly." That is a really interesting point about memory, it is so sad to lose by forgetting. A few people seem to remember everything- where they were, what they did, even decades ago. I learned something really interesting though- when a person has a stroke and loses just the memory part of their brain, the character part stays intact. They keep their sense of humor, their work ethic, etc, even when they don't know who they are. So I hope the last two weeks has added to your character. Keep up the good writing!

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