Friday, October 11, 2019

What's the time?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I'm a watch person. A few years ago, friend of mine asked me why I was still wearing a watch. My answer was, "because I like to know the time at a moment's notice." She scoffed at me and said, "I just look at my phone."

I noticed that. I mean, during every one of our conversations, she was looking down at her phone to see if there was something (or someone) more interesting than talking to me.  Did I mention we're no longer close?

The last time I stayed at our cottage, I left my watch behind. OMG--I noticed it as soon as I got home and was distraught. What the heck was I do to without my watch??? I went the rest of the day constantly looking at my wrist and -- ACK! No watch! Then I did what I had to do. I dug into my jewelry box to find an old wind-up watch. I hadn't worn any of them in at least a decade and I know I have at least two of them, but where were they? Not in my jewelry box, that's for sure. But there was a watch in there--one that belonged to my late father.  He passed away ten years ago next week, and I know the last few years of his life he wore a battery watch (I know because I bought it for him). But I wound the watch and it's been ticking ever since.

Of course, the band is way to big for my tiny wrist (the only puny part of me), and when I look at the face, it reminds me of my Dad. Mostly about how time has flown. How could it possibly be almost ten years since that terrible October morning when we got a call from the nursing home (where he'd gone for rehab) telling us if we wanted to say good-bye, we had better do it then.  Of course, he'd already passed away. I was really angry. "Why did you tell us to hurry to say good-bye when he'd was already gone." The answer: "Well, we weren't going to tell you he was dead."

That still burns me up.

I think about my Mum and Dad every day. I still want to pick up the phone to call them. I look out my front door and can see the house they lived in for 15 years.

One of my readers suggested I get the band shortened so that I could wear the watch more comfortably. I'm seriously thinking about it.

In the meantime, I'll wear it. It just feels right.

Are you a watch person?


Diane said...

Lorraine, wear the watch, I just bought a new one and it is just about the same size as that one I think.. Very large. It can be made smaller but then it is too tight and a little too big with the extension. However I just wear it up higher.

Yes, I hate when I notice I forgot to put on my watch. Then I'm off-kilter all day.
Diane the watch person. LOL

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Yes, totally agree, am lost without a watch!I wear it 24/7 and just take it off when I hop in the shower.

Lynn said...

I too am a watch person. I have several, but one favorite that I wear all the time. The others only seem to come out when I notice that they need a new battery!

Thanks for the comment on the phone-looking friend.... For those of us not tethered to a phone, a watch and human interaction are a must.