Dixie Darr

Sleeping In

In Lent - Season of Change on March 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm


Sleeping In

Lent – Season of Change, Day 11

We’ll start this week by visiting an old favorite, “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving. If you’re like me, you probably read it in a high school English class and never again. You may remember the basic story, that the title character fell asleep and woke up 20 years later. That’s pretty much all I remembered. I certainly didn’t recall the exquisite language or subtle humor.

Imagine if you will that you had fallen asleep on March 13, 1997 and woke up today. What would you have missed in the ensuing twenty years? The death of Princess Diana, the impeachment of Bill Clinton, September 11, 2001, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the global financial crisis and recession, the cell phone revolution and on and on. In your own life, you’d have missed births and deaths, job and housing changes, favorite books, movies and TV shows, and social media. What changes would have the biggest impact on you?

Predating H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine by 76 years, this may be the earliest story of time travel, but without the technology. This is a topic that hasn’t lost its fascination. My favorite book so far this year, All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai involved time travel, albeit from a very different perspective. I recommend that you read both. You can download Rip Van Winkle free at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19721?msg=welcome_stranger#RIP_VAN_WINKLE

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