It doesn’t happen in the French language! I can’t think of two phrases that use the same word. To ask the time you say, “Quelle heure est il?" (what hour is it). To say, “at my time of life” you say “à mon âge”.
Why are we so obsessed with the word time?! The English love their timepieces. Big Ben is London almost as much as the Eiffel Tower is Paris. The focus of Southmead Hospital’s entrance is the clock.
Time is really something of a mystery. My friend’s mother used to say about her neighbour, “Mrs. Lawrence stays as long in a half hour as other people do all afternoon.” I know the feeling! At one party we gave in Clifton, the last visitors left at 5.30am! When you have enjoyed an excellent meal, you leave the restaurant incredulous that you’ve been there over three hours. However an hour in the dentist’s chair can feel like all morning!
Do you ever wonder who keeps the clock of St John the Baptist Church in good order? Well Peter Shapcott did it for many years, now Peter Hawkins has continued to wind and maintain it for over 20 years. What a long time. Thanks to them for keeping it going.
If it occurs to me how little time I have left to achieve my future aims, I think of one of my heroes, Tony Bennett who always says, "I am 88 years young." He has been in show business for over 64 years and sold over 50 million records. Is he now sitting around? No, he’s just off on another tour. He has a passion for life and sings and paints every day. He says, “as we get older, we get better!” Of course, he is lucky to enjoy good health, but we can all learn something from his positive attitude.
Let’s try to enjoy every day. because time flies. Have the time of your life!
PS I enjoy your “feedback” After writing about my fondness for Le Touquet my neighbour told me that her granddaughter had a lovely surprise. Her husband, who has his pilot’s licence, flew her to Le Touquet for her birthday lunch. Lucky girl. Which was your best surprise?