Howdy sweet chums!! Thanks for stopping by for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 08.2023: Time Travel. This month finds my WBL buddies and I pontificating on, if time travel were possible, to what period we would want to travel. Bettye may have out done herself with this prompt!!
Where Bloggers Live
Before we jump into our time capsule, allow me to explain from where the ideas for this colorful series originate. Many of them come from the creative genius of our fearless leader Bettye. But some of the other members of the group, most enthusiastically Sally, have also brainstormed ideas for some of our brilliant prompts. We have prompts figured out through 12.2024, for heaven’s sake!! No thanks to me. I just sit with my mouth open in awe!! This has been one of my favorite series in which to participate and I hope to continue to join these fun-loving ladies for more thoughtful posts in the months to come.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Sally at Within a World of My Own
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
If you missed last month’s post, you might check it out. We shared our favorite kitchen gadgets. Before that in June, we took a look at our collections and collectibles. You know, those precious treasures we have picked up along life’s journey. I shared my ❤️(he)art❤️ collections.
In May, we shared a peek into our medicine cabinets. When PC and I had our house built, we realized that medicine cabinets were MIA – missing in action. Or maybe MFB – missing from blueprints. Wherever would we store all of our DRUGS?? Find out here. Then in April, we shared a day in my life, weekend edition. Before that, our favorite website. BTW, mine is PINTEREST…are we friends on Pinterest yet? I just love it!! I pin something new every day.
So, without further ado, let’s climb into my time machine and see where I would have us travel.
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Where Bloggers Live 08.2023
Ever the librarian, even now after almost a decade in retirement, I decided to research some of the popular time travel movies and books, in preparation for this post. One of the movies that popped up was “Peggy Sue Got Married” from 1986, with Kathleen Turner and Nicholas Cage. I was living unhappily in Panama in 1986, and rarely had an opportunity to go to the movies. On the odd occasion that I did, the Army base theaters were relegated to showing older films, not new releases. So, I never saw this movie. Had I seen it in 1986, I would probably have wished to travel back in time in my life…maybe just a few years and undone a marriage and a number of mistakes.
But like George Bailey in one of the most beloved time travel movies, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” from 1946, starring the delightful Jimmy Stewart, I am sure I would have discovered that I didn’t want to undo things after all. Because in undoing just a few so-called mistakes I would have simultaneously undone some of the very best things that have ever happened to me, too.
My wise Uncle Bud, Mom’s older brother by 9 years, always said ‘everything happens for a reason.’ Most people I know would agree with that philosophy. Although, when we lose someone we love or are faced with a terrible accident or illness or other similar catastrophe, it is hard to find the reason behind such an event. Some of my hardest years of life were lived in Panama. But if I had never met my daughters’ father Daniel, had never married him and gone to Panama, I would never have had my Brennyn and my Lauren. And I would never ever ever undo them!!
So, I think the only time travel I would want to do would be travel into the future. And that very reluctantly.
Back to the Future
One of the most popular time travel movies would have to be the 1985 classic “Back to the Future” launching the career of a young Michael J. Fox. Wikipedia reports:
Back to the Future has since grown in esteem and is now considered by critics and audiences to be one of the greatest science-fiction films and among the best films ever made. In 2007, the United States Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Because I was in the States for a few a months in 1985, I think I probably saw this movie at the theater. And have watched it in bits and pieces several times since.
I would enjoy traveling back in time to know more about my parents as teenagers and young marrieds. But would never want to change or undo anything. Nor would I want to know anything about anything in their relationship that I don’t already know. At least I don’t think I would…there was that year my dad moved to California in the mid-’80s, about when this movie was released, and I always wondered if there was more to that one-year of separation from my mom and brother than we were told. But I don’t really want to know. Do I?
My Time Travel
The only way I can imagine willingly climbing into a time machine would be to glimpse at the lives of my 2 beloved daughters, their sweet husbands and my 4 precious grandbabies…and assorted pets, of course. I am 65 this year. Declan turns 2 in December. I know we aren’t guaranteed a minute on this earth but Mom lived 95 long years. If I live 20 years more, I will be 85 and Dec will be 22. Still too young, probably, to be settled in life, but maybe on the road to a career and family.
My oldest grandbaby is Cadence, who just turned 13. In 20 years, she will be just a few years younger than her mother, Brennyn, is today. I would love to meet her babies, if there are to be any. To know her partner, to peek at her professional life. And all the same for Lucia, 7 this year (27 in 20 years-impressed by my mathematical abilities?) and Camila, 3 this year, (23 when I, if I am ever 85 years old).
Will my daughters love grandmothering as much as I do? Will they both remain in Texas all the rest of their lives? How many lives will be positively impacted by Brennyn’s nursing in the NICU and Lauren’s medical research? How many lives might be made more healthy by Francisco and Mustafa in their medical careers?
Those are the things I would like to know. Will Cadence dance again, will she become a professional organizer? And will Lucia sing and/or draw while being a scientist of some sort? Will Cami become some kind of cinematic makeup artist, and a ‘ballina’ in her free time? And will my baby Declan drive a big, loud truck?
I can only hope that they will all live long, healthy, happy, successful lives…whatever that looks like for them. Feel loved for the treasures they are and recognize that any mistakes they might make along the way will only help lead them to their ‘reason’ for being. And to where they are supposed to be.
Would you like to travel in time? To the future or the past? Perhaps to a past that isn’t yours? I would love to meet Anne Frank. To have experienced the Great Depression and the storms of the Dust Bowl for just a day or two, an evening out dancing at a speakeasy in a fringed flapper gown, to have traveled for a short time in a covered wagon, landed at Ellis Island, witnessed a WWII air raid, hidden in a safe house on the Underground Railroad…but all just momentarily. Just to know, really know what it was like. How about you?
One of my favorite time-travel movies is “Midnight in Paris,” released in 2011 – I was thankfully long removed from my days in Panama by that time. It stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
Sony Pictures describes this way:
…a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.
With all the crazy that has been my life, I have never really wished for a life different from my own. Maybe slightly calmer is all.
Enjoy your weekend. Thank you for finding a few minutes of your day to pop in here with me. Please join me in visiting the blogs of my Where Bloggers Live comadres. Click your heels together and we’ll be transported there together.
Hugs and kisses,