I don’t talk much about the loss of my mother 16 years ago but my thoughts of her are constant. This year is especially poignant because my mother would have turned 70 this year. She died so young at the age of only 54 and was still so youthful. She was passionate about traveling and learning. She constantly talked to me about the latest and greatest technology. I remember when the FAX machines first came out in the 1980’s and she is the one that told me about it! (I guess I am dating myself now, right?)
Until 2012, when my son was born, I only kept track of time by recounting the years that had passed since her death. My son now gives me a new time clock to pace my life. Without either of these though, time just slips by like a flowing river without much anchoring me down.
But now, with my Mom’s birthday approaching, I again reflect on the many years that have passed so quickly and couldn’t help but delve deeper into what has happened in our world since her passing and all the things she never knew about. On the personal side, she never knew that I am married to an amazing man and have a beautiful son or that my father got remarried to the fairy tale version of the “evil stepmother” or that I moved into an amazing home and grow my own veggies or that I traveled to Europe and saw her favorite place in the world, Bellagio Italy!
Even though these personal experiences do show the passage of time, the speed of change in our society from the many inventions and events over the last 16 years really do shed a light on the speed that time passes us by.
Here are a few things my Mom never knew…
1. American Idol
2. Bluetooth or WIFI
3. Boston Red Sox winning the World Series
3. Columbine High School massacre
4. Curiosity Rover on Mars
5. Digital Video On a Mobile Device
6. Facebook, twitter, youtube, etc.
9. Human Genome Project Completed
11. iphone, ipad, ipod or itunes
12. The Matrix
14. Patriot Act
15. President Barack Obama
16. September 11th
18. Text messaging
19. Tsunamis in Southeast Asia & Japan
20. USB Flash Drive
Wow, in just the last 16 years all of this happened! Doesn’t that seem like a lifetime ago? I can only imagine all the videos I would have of my Mom if I had an iphone back then and all the goofy texts we would have sent to each other. That was a different time. Good thing my memories are still sharp.
Written by Vivian Pflanzer