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The Ohio Diaries | The Passage of Time

Not even a few hours into the itinerary toward Ohio and I found myself in an 18-year time warp. It was the high school graduation party for the oldest child of my dearest friends. Friends that are closer to me than most siblings, and the parents of children I can only aspire to raise my own to be. I was there when this fresh graduate was born... pre-marriage, pre-kids, pre-career. How on earth eighteen years has gone by, I do not know.

The party was like any other graduation party save for one very important difference: my own children were a constant reference point of time, and the speed at which it can slip past. Watching this young man celebrate the end of his high school chapter while my own kids raced around the yard, playing with family cousins and new friends alike, made me want to just grab hold of time and hold onto it like never before.

The golden light spilled into the yard and kids of all ages celebrated. Both my boys were stand-offish at first, each being born from strong, introverted genes. But in no time, they both dropped their guard and made a few new best friends. Time will slip for them too, but it's all relative. Because where parents fail and kids succeed is in seizing the moment. Living in the now. Watching them run and play and laugh and scream was a good reminder of this. 

I don't believe in coincidences all that much. And so I don't think it was a random happenstance that this party landed on the day we'd be departing for Ohio while I began this project. A project that is focused solely on flow. Letting things go from Point A to Point B in as much of an undisturbed way as possible. Working with the wave, rather than fighting against it. Whatever the analogy; not trying to fight against time.

I know in a blink I'll be watching my own boys graduate from high school, and maybe I'll look back on this very project to see how they've grown. The trick, between now and then, is not to let any of it go. In the churn and noise of every day life, to grab hold of every moment.

Footnotes: All images, unedited JPGs from Fujifilm X-T2 with various lenses.


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