Time Dilation On Command

I control time in my mind. Memories recalled are played back at the commanded pace.

First kiss (no names here) with all its awkwardness and tension – no matter what speed, the feelings will always remain.

Enlisting in the U.S. Navy, going to boot camp, training, fleet deployments, sights seen, foreign foods tasted, new and wonderful experiences of a lifetime all enjoyed while younger and free to roam. Playback at will.

Meeting my wife – a fleeting encounter that turned into 27 years and counting. (see earlier post Love Creates Beauty)

The birth of my first son? The race to Norfolk, Virginia from Los Angeles, California in the middle of the night to make it. (see First Birth Part 1 & Part 2)

Watching my son grow after getting a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis was precious. Specific milestones pop into my mind’s eye for frequent review.

  • His first hospitalization for a respiratory infection. The too-soon release that resulted in two more return admissions within weeks as the infection roared back.
  • Seeing him learning to walk by holding to a rolling IV stand while having a needle in his head because his other intravenous points had collapsed from too many needles.
  • Hearing him call out, “Mick-mee” at the giant image of Mickey Mouse on the hospital hallway wall each time he saw it.
  • Tee ball practice where he stood bored for most of the time. We took him out of it and switched to soccer.
  • Soccer practices and games where he ran, flipped, walked on his hands between action moments, and generally had a great time.

The birth of his sister. Much less dramatic. I was in town this time. Her cystic fibrosis diagnosis that tried to crush our spirits, but couldn’t.

I could go on and on but your time is precious too. I won’t presume to keep you longer than I should. My control over time is my time alone. Applied to others, it could be abused.

Obviously, there’s a lot more to come.

If you could slow down an action that usually zooms by, or speed up an event that normally drags on, which would you choose, and why?

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