About Time

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About Time

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I have come to realize, with the infinite wisdom that hindsight grants, that time is subjective. At least, the measurement of time is subjective.

As a child, with the structures of school and holidays, we demarcate the year with our free time: summer break, Christmas, Spring Break that is neither warm nor long enough.

It shifted, for me, with my job out of college. No more designated breaks, but instead looming deadlines and scrapped together holiday plans and Thursday night drinks, Friday night drinks, Saturday night drinks.

With the birth of my sons, time shrunk and stretched thin. It came suddenly fast: their first steps and first words and first day of school and firsts and firsts and firsts. I started a calendar of swim meets and violin practice and diving competitions.

Then, a phone call, and time shifted again. Weeks in a hospital, longer weeks at home recovering. I measured time in boxsets of DVDs. We watched The Last of the Mohicans for two weeks straight.

Then, even that fell away. For a while, a long and indeterminate while, there was nothing that I could measure time by but a fixed point. With Joe and then, all too soon, Without Joe. I measured time by absence.

Of all the things Joedance has accomplished, the one I honestly never expected was how it broke down time for me again. It divided the year in half: the festival in the summer, the donation of our fundraising to the hospital in the dead of winter. Then again, in monthly board meetings and small promotional events scattered during the year. Over ten years I have measured time this way, and I am still surprised how fast it goes. How energetic and nostalgic the breaking of time makes me feel. Small steps, a few events, the mad rush to the festival, and then suddenly Christmas is upon us.

You never notice time passing unless it is being wasted: running late for an appointment or stuck in traffic. Giving time freely, to break it up and offer it to another, is an incredible act. This year, I want to take my time to thank all of you for giving Joedance a bit of yours, whether it is by participating in our yearly events or by becoming a G.E.M (Give Every Month) or attending our annual film festival. Your time is precious to us, and we are appreciative of every moment you offer us.

I now mark this time of the year by being grateful for each and every one of our supporters.

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