Monday, January 7, 2013
I think the closest we can come to time travel is coming home from vacation. If you live alone or your entire household goes away, your house sits still for the entire time you're gone and when you get home it's exactly the same as you left it. Dishes in the sink, remote on the couch, etc. I've felt like this before but it especially happened this time coming back from Florida, because of the Holidays.
We were gone for 10 days. Four were spent travelling. I got home and felt like we had been on a long journey. We met a lot of new people and saw some we don't see very often. We had quite an adventure driving for 4 days with a 9 month old and a dog; went to the beach; went swimming; saw all sorts of new things and had some new experiences; got into a completely new routine. Then we got home...
Our house did not "age" while we were gone. It simply existed to protect our possessions for those 10 days. It was still set up for Christmas as we had left it 10 days prior. The heat was barely on just so the pipes didn't freeze and the hot water heater was only set to warm. I felt our lives had changed and we had grown yet our home was stuck in the past and had not changed. We had to breath life back into it when we got home.
We "de-christmased" and after a day or two it felt like normal again. You can't go back to the past. If it feels like you are, it's weird, and you quickly feel the need to get back up to date and move forward.
Okay, I'll go back to talking about beer now....