Thursday, January 6, 2011

Marking Time

Here we are, into a new year once again.  For the first time in a long time I thought that the past year went by pretty slowly, probably because so much happened for me.  It's kind of nice to have that feeling of discovery again, like everything is brand new.  Maybe that's the key to life - learn new things all the time and savor those moments, and life will seem longer.  Anticipating fun events is another way to slow down the clock!  Waiting for vacations, holidays, or on the flip side, a dreaded doctor's appointment - these things all seem to make time drag.  Boring jobs help too, but not in a good way.

What if you just marked all of your days on a calendar?  Technically, the word "ephemera" is Greek for "lasting a day", and what is a calendar but a collection of days?  I've actually saved calendars in the past, mainly for the pictures that came with it.  And right now you can walk into nearly any mall and see how ephemeral calendars really are - they're all at least half off at those kiosks.

I'm always amazed when calendars endure.  I like to imagine why they were kept - was it an important year?  Did something wonderful happen, or terrible?  Or was it just one of those things where it was tossed in a box, totally forgotten until a son or daughter found it when cleaning out the house?

I love this 1972 Reporter calendar for a few reasons:  I used to be the finance clerk there, and I've lived in Fond du Lac for nearly 15 years now.  Some of my favorite people who worked at The Reporter started their careers there in 1972, back when the paper was an ubiquitous item in the home (now, not so much).  I was four years old in 1972, and I like to think about how much the world has changed since then. 

I have many Jewish friends and I love to see the calendars in their homes.  Today in the Julian calendar (1/6/11) marks the 1st of Sh'vat, 5771 in the Hebrew calendar.  So a Chodesh Tov (good month) to you all!  :D  Happy Chinese New Year to all of you out there who celebrate it - on February 3, the Year of the Rabbit, or 4708, will begin!  It just goes to show you that time is time is time, no matter how we mark it.  So we'd better make the best of the time we have.  :D

Here are a few pieces where I've used old calendars:

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