Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Remember Whensday: As time goes by...

The town of Aurora, Ontario celebrated its 100th birthday in July 1963. It had a population of 5,000 when we lived there and the community held a party to commemorate the anniversary. Mom made a dress for me, an outfit for my brother and created a covered wagon for us to pull in the parade. We won 3rd prize for our entry. (I must mention that my mother had four children including a three month old baby who had been very ill and required surgery) One hundred years might as well have been a thousand years in my young mind. But in about three years, another half century will have passed and Aurora will be 150 years old.

Time goes by...

On Christmas Eve morning I stood at the bedside of a patient who had just passed away. We did not want her to be alone when the family arrived to see her body before it was taken to the morgue. The day after Christmas, a special friend of my parents died at a good old age. She had been in attendance at my birth in South Africa when my mom was far from her mother in Canada. Both of these passings were timely and mark another kind of anniversary for their friends and loved ones.

Time goes by...

Three days ago the Olympic Torch Relay came to our community. The 106 day torch journey will cross all provinces and territories in Canada ending in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics on February 12, 2010. Thousands of people crowded the streets to watch this historic event on a Sunday night.

A grandfather took a photo of his family which included a couple of youngsters who were asking about the meaning of the torch. They will not understand the significance of the night until they are older but the picture will help them remember. The light of the torch appeared in the distance and the crowd moved into the street to view the approach of the runner. To some the torch represented only the upcoming games but to others it was symbolic of life itself. The light would soon be passed to another runner who would carry it on ahead toward its final destination.

Time goes by... faster every year it seems

A new year is approaching which will mark a beginning for some and a passing of the torch for others. For most, it will be another stretch of road in the journey through time.

May your new year be filled with joy,
peace and blessing in all circumstances.

HAppY NEw YEar!!

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The Becka posted a video of the Olympic Torch Relay on her blog.


  1. Yes, it does go faster and faster, and this is no longer my preference. :)

  2. Mexico Mom12:08 pm GMT-5

    What wonderful memories and an incredible post!
    Grandma Devins always said - as one ages time seems to go faster. I have learned this but we have two advantages. Our long term memories sharpen the past and have a tendency to lessen past problems and accentuate the joys.
    Thank you for wonderful memories to carry me through another year.

  3. What a lovely post! Your childhood outfits are adorable and in my mind should have won first place. Yes,as time moves on I realize that the torch must in time be passed on to the next generation.Happy New Year.

  4. Fascinating! Isn't it wonderful to have old photos to trigger these old memories and carry them on to new generations?

  5. You're right...the significance of events is lost until we're much older and able to reflect and understand. Happy New Year!!

  6. You both look so cute, I think you should have won first place.
    The older we get the faster time goes. Remembering certainly does let us go back even for a little while.
    Happy New Year.

  7. Lovely memories Ruth... a very Happy New Year to you my friend.

  8. Yes, does go faster as we get older. I wonder how we can slow that process?

    Happy New Year Ruth!

  9. Great memories of passings over the decades. Your mother was a remarkable wonan---exemplified by her making costumes and covered wagon for you and your brother when she had four kids!

    Happy New Year to you! Stay healthy and warm.

  10. Happy New Year to you, too, Ruth!
    What a beautiful post! I remember when the Olympic torch came to my home town in 1996. I, too, went out to see the flame. It was quite a memorable day!

  11. Nice post & nice blog. I love both.


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