“No distance of place nor lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.”
Robert Southey, English Poet 1774-1843
We have a friend in Ecuador Joss, who used to be an avid blogger but now spends her time writing and doing craft work. Occasionally we spy something she has to say on Facebook. For a time she would sometimes join us on our weekly chats and she it was who coined the phrase “talking into the future”.
As I have said before, we are the first in the world to see the sunrise. So when we talk it is 10.30 am on Sunday here in New Zealand, it is 4.30 pm on Saturday in Ontario and Ecuador.
Long before the internet and cheap long distance phone calls, all calls to family in the Northern Hemisphere started with “What time is it there”. Not too difficult to work out for the UK as we are 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, but of course this changes when either country Springs forward or Falls back. But time for calls to California was more difficult to work out.
Now we have the internet and with the world clock app we can readily see the time in any part of the world.
What else is running around this aged mind today? Well Summer has not returned to our far off land and we are warned there will be heavy rain and strong southerly winds in the next few days. Oh yes, another difference. The cold wind here in New Zealand is the Southerly, while in the Northern Hemisphere it is the Northerly. So when buying a house here, one looks for a Northerly outlook. The weather is the subject of chats and messages between us. Nobody ever tires of talking about the weather. But it is something we can’t do anything about, so this evening when it rained I told myself that it was good, I didn’t have to water the garden. At this time of the year, the flowers (and weeds) are blooming, but with the wind the ground dries really quickly.
Other differences? Of course when I am starting my day, Chris is getting ready to end hers – 18 hours difference at present. And sweaters and thermals compared to Summer dresses and sandals. soups vs salads, hot drinks vs cold, and on and on. You get the idea.
And if you have read any of my posts in Growing Younger Each Day you will know I am enamoured of Mary Oliver. Her quotes are peppered throughout my posts. I don’t expect A World Apart to be any different. time
“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
Mary Oliver, American Poet. 1935-2019
And from an author new to me –
“Writing is nothing less than thought transference, the ability to send one’sideas out into the world, beyond time and distance, taken at the value of the words, unbound from the speaker.”
Arthur M. Jolly, American playwright and screenwriter. 1969 –