Back in the summer of 2010, when I was visiting my mom in the nursing home, I was looking at this 8X10 framed photo on her dresser:
What struck me was that I always thought of 1941 as ancient times, very far in the past. It hit me that day that 1941 was only seven years before I was born! And that 2003, when this photo was taken,
retreat for the incoming freshmen ( I worked in Campus Ministry then), was much more distant in time from my birth - fifty-five years!
I lived in what, to my students, are the dark ages, the ancient times. Yet they seem to me to be not so far away.
I guess I especially have been thinking about this since last Sunday, when I visited one of my high school teachers - one of my favorites . We hadn't seen each other since about 1972, or maybe even before that. He is only ten years older than I am, but at age fourteen, age twenty-four seemed so old.
I looked into his face ( still handsome) and saw the face of that twenty-four year old. This must be the way my former students see me --- the students I taught when I was twenty-eight and they were eighteen. Several of them have been visiting me in recent years.
Maybe this miserable heat has been cooking my brain But the passage of time just fascinates me.
I remember that old Rolling Stones song "Ti ---me is on my side, yes it is" Not any more.