Time Walking Report: Relativity

Thinking. It usually happens when I’m trying to sleep, or when I’m in the shower and don’t have anywhere to write down my ideas. I started using a dry erase marker on the shower wall for a while, but soon discovered that dry erase markers are meant to stay dry in order to erase.

This particular thinking session I was in the bathtub, shaving my legs and pondering relativity. You know, the gravity and space and time stuff. That maybe the earth’s gravitational pull would prevent me from time walking into space. Not true. The first time my husband kissed me, it shot me past the moon. I didn’t come back for three weeks, and when I did, I found out I was in love. Permanently. No erasing.

There are a few theories out there that the brilliant, highly educated physicists may have wrong. For example, some think time travel to the future would be easier than time travel to the past. I’m not so sure about that, so I tested it out. Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi novel Foundation took me so far into the future, the planet earth is practically myth. Funny though, the people 10,000 years from now had a lot of the same problems we do. Only more of them because there were a quadrillion people living all over the galaxy. So I don’t think time travelling to the future was easier at all. In fact, it’s hard to see the future and find out we still make the same mistakes.

Here and now, though, we can try to do better. So I time walked to Pakistan and gave a group of women a loan so they could start a rope-making business. I wanted to go borrow money from Future Me who is a successful writer, but I couldn't find the path. It will be there someday, but for now, I decided to give what Today Me could. Twenty five dollars to Kiva.org isn’t much in my world. But in the world these women live in, it's a lot.

Relativity. Maybe I just changed the future. I told you I could time walk. I bet you can, too.


Time Walking Report

Time walked today. That's right. Straight back to 1936, then to 1918. I bounced back and forth between the two, a mystery unfolding chapter by chapter. I met a little girl named Abilene who introduced me to a diviner, a saloon owner/pastor, a high school track star off to fight in the war. And maybe even a ghost. I don't know yet because I haven't finished the story. But I will, and you might want to read it, too. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, winner of the Newbery Medal.

I'll be taking a break from 1936/1918 in order to time walk to the year 2001 this weekend. I'm going to sit in my high school cafeteria and eat gooey cinnamon rolls with some of my old classmates, just like we used to. I should probably time walk back to February 2011 and start planning then. Who knew how hard it would be to track everyone down? Their paths are well hidden.

We'll listen to some Green Day and deny ever listening to the Spice Girls, and we'll think about the ones who aren't with us any more.

Here's what I'll tell myself if I run into the 2001 me: Don't be in such a hurry, and don't wait so long. Find the right speed, just enough to feel a rush, but not so fast you can't
see what you're passing.