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Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

The elasticity of time

I was taking my unpatented hangover cure this morning, well I say hangover, it was more like ‘you had one glass of wine last night and now you’ve got a headache you cheap date you’, and it’s less of a cure and more of a strong cup of tea and a desert spoon of lemon curd, but hey, it works for me, and I got to thinking about the elasticity of time.

Sorry to get all existential on you (is this existential? Now that I’ve typed it I’m not so sure, will go and Google it and get back to you later), but time’s a tricky thing. You’ve got to keep and eye on it.  When my alarm went off this morning at 6am (I know, I’m mad getting up an hour before the rest of the house, but this is my little piece of time) I blinked and it was 6.30am. Where did that half hour go? See, time up to it’s old tricks again. One moment it’s dragging it’s heels like a schoolchild that doesn’t want to go to double Maths and the next it’s slipping through your fingers like silk. Everybody claims it as their own, we can save it and spend it, but nobody seems to have enough of it. It slows down at the dentist but speeds up at the cinema. Time loves to eat and drink – lunch time, tea time, dinner time, and my favourite, Pimms o’clock – and doesn’t mind getting wet at bath time, but seems to run around stark naked (there’s no getting dressed time, eh?). It has no beginning and no end but each of us can claim only a relatively small amount of it. Is it recycled I wonder?

Oh and by the way, I’ve checked, the elasticity of time isn’t existential. Just to let you know, in case you were wasting time wondering. Time for me to go.

I really shouldn’t have had that glass of wine.

Photo credit: Time by healingdream at

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  • Maddydodo

    I think there might be some physics theory that explains the elasticity of time. No idea what it might be though! I’ve always wished time could be linked up to some kind of device that would allow you to fast-forward though some bits, pause for others and repeatedly rewind and repeat the best bits!

  • glenda

    Well, one thing I do know is that it is relative to how old you are and how much you enjoy what you are doing.

  • bod for tea

    Absolutely. When you’re young and you hate what you’re doing it’s soooooo slow!! Thanks for popping over today :D

  • Mari Sterling Wilbur

    Wonderful post, gave me a great big grin of agreement!! Last year I swear I was 22 and now I am applying for medicare insurance, which, in the States, one gets at age 65. Would almost make me believe in a fast forward time machine. Go figure!

  • Mari Sterling Wilbur

    It does! At least I’m holding up well lol.

  • Susan the Domestic Diva

    Speaking of time….it’s about wine time for me…thanks for the reminder. Before I know it, it’ll be time for coffee….

  • bod for tea

    So true, so true… and you’re welcome. Glad to be of assistance :D

  • Shelley

    I read this when you posted it – and I’ve been thinking about it ever since! Time is of the essence and all that. I find the better use I make of my time, the happier I am. :) xx