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A Gift of Time

Stoen wall Fred

Above is the stone wall in Fredericksburg. In time even the most terrible place becomes banal and sometimes pleasant.  (I am mining my old pictures).

AAS base is around 45 minutes from the civilian airport in Kuwait.  You go by bus and the bus terminal at the base is remarkably like bus terminals everywhere, with the exception that it lacks the little distractions like coffee shops, restaurants and newsstands.  In return, however, you get the gift of time, time for introspection, time for reading, time for just being.  Time like this is an anachronism in our scheduled and connected world.

I have the gift of time, with no deeds to do, no promises to keep.  Some might complain of boredom, but I am just “feeling groovy” and remembering a little Coleridge.

Time, Real & Imaginary

ON the wide level of a mountain's head  
(I knew not where, but 'twas some faery place),  
Their pinions, ostrich-like, for sails outspread,  
Two lovely children run an endless race,  
      A sister and a brother!         
      This far outstripp'd the other;  
  Yet ever runs she with reverted face,  
  And looks and listens for the boy behind:  
      For he, alas! is blind!  
O'er rough and smooth with even step he pass'd,  

And knows not whether he be first or last.


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Comments

Are you also dappled and drowsy and ready for sleep??

I figured baby boomers would recognize the reference, especially with the word "groovy", which I do not think has been used since.

The mind wanders to all sorts of things when you have time to let it and nothing else to do.

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