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Take a Word.... Time: Etymology, Definitions and a Potted Autobiography

Updated on November 16, 2020
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Ann likes to research the history of words, to experiment with them and to encourage others to use fresh words and idioms.

Old Father Time

At Lord's Cricket Ground
At Lord's Cricket Ground | Source

A Series of Stand-Alones

Long time no see! Here we are with the 12th word in this series, each one an entity in itself and each standing the test of time. I’m having fun with words, as always, and learning as I go, highlighting familiar ones, as well as incorporating, from time to time, new words which crop up, regional vocabulary, some influenced by landscape and occupation.

This time we’re looking at a noun which has been around since time immemorial: time!

So far, I’ve had a great time manipulating these words and I hope you’ve had a good time reading them. It’s high time I published another and this one was suggested by a fellow writer, Bill Holland. In fact, it’s about time I got on with it!

For a change, there is no short story or poem; just a trip through my own time to consider how much times have changed in passing. I hope you spend time enjoying the journey with me.


Old English tīma, of Germanic origin; related to tide, which it superseded in temporal senses. The earliest of the current verb senses (dating from late Middle English) is ‘do (something) at a particular moment’.


time (tʌɪm)


  • the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole
  • the continued progress of existence as affecting people and things
  • time or an amount of time as reckoned by a conventional standard
  • the personification of time, typically as an old man with a scythe and hourglass
  • a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon
  • a moment or definite portion of time allotted, used, or suitable for a purpose
  • the favourable or appropriate time to do something
  • an indefinite period
  • a portion of time in history or characterised by particular events or circumstances

Old Father Time

In my hub ‘Take a Word…. Clock’, I mentioned Old Father Time; an intriguing concept in dimensional thinking. Can we transpose our bodies? Can we swap identities or perhaps self-identities within our own lifetime? Do parallel sequences of time exist, as in Dean Koontz ‘From the Corner of his Eye’? Is it possible to time-travel, in a Wellsian time machine? Can we cheat Old Father Time aka Death? I’m open-minded; only time will tell!

Dean Koontz & H G Wells

Living in a parallel universe?
Living in a parallel universe? | Source
Fancy travelling in time? First edition (1895, London) cover of The Time Machine by H G Wells (public domain)
Fancy travelling in time? First edition (1895, London) cover of The Time Machine by H G Wells (public domain) | Source

Time: flying or standing still?

Why is it that time seems to fly when you’re having fun? Do we morph into a time warp, where seconds flow into sand as we dance through time? Then it pays us back when we’re impatient, when time stands still, drags its feet, drags us down like mud-caked shoes and sits on our hands.

Have you ever felt stuck in time? Have you experienced a lapse of time, a suspension of time, or a moment when time changed for you? Have you ever been stunned into that numbing feeling when time stands still? I'd be interested to hear anyone's experiences of such things.

We can cheat time in our dreams, backwards or forwards or maybe in suspension.

One thing is fact, time is of the essence. We use it or lose it.

In My Time

Time and tide are connected and apparently wait for no man. Indeed, times have changed wondrously since I was born, in the early 50s. We had the time of our lives on through the 60s and early 70s. Time was mostly kind to me after that too but becoming a responsible adult took away the charm, the wonder and the sheer joy of each day of freedom from responsibility.

When I take time out to consider my childhood and upbringing, I give thanks for wonderful parents, family and extended family, as well as for times spent making the most of opportunities not offered to many during those early times.

Time & Tide

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Time Flies!The tide, ebbing.....and flowing.
Time Flies!
Time Flies! | Source
The tide, ebbing.....
The tide, ebbing..... | Source
and flowing.
and flowing. | Source

Bedtime Stories

I was blessed to have had parents who loved reading and who passed that passion on to me by way of bedtime stories and then much encouragement to read on my own. Time and time again, I would ask for nursery rhymes, Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and its sequels, or for traditional stories I never tired of. So many started with ‘Once upon a time….’, now regarded as a bit clichéd but the phrase set the scene for me, anticipating wonder and mystery.

They set the foundations for my love of reading; stories, poetry and non-fiction, the passion never rests.


Wonderful Tales of Christopher Robin, Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl.... by A A Milne (& please don't mention Disney!)
Wonderful Tales of Christopher Robin, Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl.... by A A Milne (& please don't mention Disney!) | Source

This Bungalow saw many Happy Times

Our 1955 family bungalow in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex
Our 1955 family bungalow in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex | Source

Television Times

In our little bungalow in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, my father made us our first television. Though busy as an ophthalmic optician, this talented man made time to follow his hobbies of photography and electronics (among others). None of our neighbours had a television. On it, I watched ‘Muffin the Mule’ and ‘Watch with Mother’ in the early 50s which included ‘Andy Pandy’ and ‘Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men’. Later came ‘Tales of the Riverbank’.

In about 1958/59, Dad conjured up a colour tele with a twist. The cathode ray tube used, for some reason (I don’t understand the science), was set up so that the screen was green. I was enchanted. What a clever Dad I had! It was strange to see everything in green for a short while. The full colour came just a short time later!

Watch with Mother

Andy and Teddy get into their basket and the unbelievably posh narrator (talk about the Queen’s English!) sings,

‘Time to go home, time to go home, Andy and Teddy are saying good-bye.

Time to go home, time to go home…Andy is waving good-bye, good-bye, good-bye….’ (as the music and picture faded out).

The stories also included Looby Loo, a doll. Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men had a friend called Weed, a tall garden daisy who only said ‘Weeeed’ in a high-pitched voice rising to a crescendo.

Leisure Time with my Father

Many’s the time I watched my father making things or walked out with him to explore the countryside and take photos. There I was with my little Box Brownie and he had his sophisticated equipment with adjustable aperture and selection of lenses. He used time-lapse exposure and brought everything home to develop in his dark room. Fascinating!

A Mother always in Time

My mother played the piano. I was forever intrigued by the metronome sat on top of the piano, marking time; tick, tick, tick, tick. I was allowed to vary the speed (2, 3, 4 or 8 time) and amused myself for hours. It was a great way to learn about rhythm. Of course, I listened to her playing almost every day. Her timing was immaculate and her whole body played and swayed with the music.

The front 'badge' is inscribed with 'METRONOME MAËZEL in the middle and a hexagon of (from the top) FRANCE, AMERIQUE, BELGIQUE, PARIS, HOLLANDE, ANGLETERRE. As a young child, I was enchanted by the strange words and the workings of this 'magic' object which took me to another time. Listening to Mum playing also transported me in time to faraway places and imaginary scenes.

Keeping in Time

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My mother's metronomeTick, tock, tick, tock....Weighted pendulum and scaleSetting for 2, 3, 4 or 8 time & the key to wind it up
My mother's metronome
My mother's metronome | Source
Tick, tock, tick, tock....
Tick, tock, tick, tock.... | Source
Weighted pendulum and scale
Weighted pendulum and scale | Source
Setting for 2, 3, 4 or 8 time & the key to wind it up
Setting for 2, 3, 4 or 8 time & the key to wind it up | Source

Christmas Time

We always had Christmas at home, just the three of us, but Boxing Day was always the time for seeing other family and walking across the Sussex Downs. Our cousins would visit or we would go to meet them at The Dyke, a high spot on the Downs with stupendous views. The boys and I had a rare old time, racing, rolling down slopes, making snowmen if the weather granted our wishes, or trying to pick out landmarks as we surveyed our kingdom.

We had all the time in the world to explore, find treasures and vie for supremacy. Never a question of killing time; there wasn’t enough time in the day for us and we crammed in as much as possible.

Devil's Dyke, Sussex Downs

View from the top of Devil's Dyke, left along the South Downs & out over the Weald
View from the top of Devil's Dyke, left along the South Downs & out over the Weald | Source
Devil's Dyke - a thwarted attempt to flood the Sussex Weald!
Devil's Dyke - a thwarted attempt to flood the Sussex Weald! | Source

School Timetable

The village primary school was somewhere to soak up the new, the unexplored, the wonder of the world and the universe. We learnt our times tables (not so keen at the time but now I’m grateful), our alphabet and our creativity. We took part in Nativity plays. I looked forward to Art and English lessons, to learning words, experimenting with colours and shapes. I had a rough time with Maths though. The teacher scared me to death and not much went in.

Ever played ‘What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?’ in the playground. A great version of tag when the ‘wolf’ yelled ‘Dinner Time!’ and we all scattered squealing.

Secondary school introduced the rigid timetable of studies and exams, hard times but also lots of fun. Tennis and netball I revelled in, hitting the big time as junior tennis champion! To quote the opening of Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’; teenage years are not the easiest, academically or emotionally, as we all know.

School Nativity in St Lawrence Church, Hurstpierpoint

Such angels, including me on the steps, front left!
Such angels, including me on the steps, front left! | Source


On to college (further education in Britain). One had to be on time for lectures and for handing in assignments or we were in trouble. Time after time I was up at the crack of dawn, writing an essay to be handed in that day. No computers then, all hand-written but I couldn’t afford to run out of time. Did I ever learn? No! Strangely though, some of my best work was done at 7 am.

There were good times and bad times in those three years. Boyfriend troubles, times of sadness, times of joy. I was in Coventry in the Midlands and travelled regularly up to Sheffield and down to my home in Brighton, Sussex, often in 'The Bubble', my first car of which I was immensely proud. The journey time was at least three hours but always worth it.

The Bubble

My first car, an Austin A30
My first car, an Austin A30 | Source

Social Time

I loved going off to the pub with my mates. We chatted, we played darts, we played bar billiards. We behaved as though time was on our side, we had all the time in the world to be young and carefree. If only! In those days the pub landlords called

‘Time gentlemen, please!’ at 11 pm.

From the more enlightened it was 'ladies and gentlemen'! We had to down our drinks and head for home or a party or someone’s house to chill out into the night. There was a time when that was the norm. Do you know, we didn’t have mobile phones, nor computers, let alone laptops and we didn’t miss them one bit! You had to find a phone box to call home if you were pressed for time. Occasionally I returned home only just in the nick of time, especially if I’d borrowed Dad’s car!

Then there was all the fun of taking part in rallies. The off-road driving was timed. We had to follow pace notes, listen to the navigator, make sure we didn't lose time by making errors. It was a great time. I was in a mixed team of three taking part in the 'Compass Point Rally', three days driving round Britain, visiting the four furthest points of the compass. Tiring, stressful and one of the most exhilarating times of my life. We won best overall mixed team - two great blokes and little 'ol me; how good is that?

Rally times

The best rally team ever!
The best rally team ever! | Source


Yes, eventually it came to us all. It was only a matter of time before we had to find a job, full time for those of us who couldn’t rely on a family fortune. I was in the right place at the right time to secure a job at my old primary school; strange being on the other side of the fence. The sands of time had run and caught up with me while I’d jumped a decade. I hadn’t noticed the egg-timer letting my life flow past so quickly.

In no time at all I’ve been a teacher, a wife, a secretary, a wife, a Mum, a secretary, a teacher, a grandmother several times and then retired! Talk about time flying!

Teaching taught me that life is what you make of it, that time is precious, that it works wonders, it can be a healer. It also taught me that sometimes you have to bide your time until things fall into place. There’s a time and a place for everything, so they say, but despite all that, it’s up to us to use our time wisely, to invest time in people, spend time helping them, give them the time of day, guiding them when times are hard.


I’ve always loved sports; high jump, stoolball (a Sussex version of cricket or rounders played chiefly by girls and women) and running at Primary School, as well as tennis and badminton with my cousins.

I learnt to ski but always preferred tennis and badminton, tennis remaining my favourite. Timing is all important with most sports, coordinating your movements to match speed, terrain and the elements. You have to time it perfectly to catch a ball, hit one with a raquet, or throw a ball to a wicket.

Sorry lads (and ladettes) but one sport I can’t abide is football. I’ve been to one live match in my time, to please a boyfriend; he didn’t last long! By half time I was ready to go home; by full time I was losing the will to live.

Stoolball - timing & coordination

I loved the time spent playing this!
I loved the time spent playing this! | Source

Rules of the ancient game of Stoolball

Stoolball is played on grass with a 90-yard (82-metre) diameter boundary, and the pitch is 16 yards (15 metres) long.

Each team consists of 11 players, with one team fielding and the other batting.

Bowling is underarm from a bowling "crease" 10 yards (9.1 metres) from the batsman's wicket, with the ball reaching the batsman on the full as in rounders or baseball rather than bouncing from the pitch as in cricket.

Each over consists of 8 balls. The "wicket" itself is a square piece of wood at head or shoulder height fastened to a post. Traditionally the seat of a stool hung from a post or tree was used. Some versions used a tall stool placed upright on the ground.


In what seems no time at all, I find myself retired! How did that happen? The me who, long ago, thought someone of 30 was ancient has lived that time twice over.

So now I no longer have all the time in the world, I can’t afford to waste time, I have to approach everything with ‘there’s no time like the present’, I have no time to lose, before my time’s up and I’m timed out!

On the other hand, I have more time for people, I have more time for ‘doing’ whatever takes my fancy. I can have a devil, or a whale*, of a time, I can be pressed for time (ouch!) or, one day, I might get lost in the mists of time.

Retirement - Good Times!

Celebrating Christmastime
Celebrating Christmastime | Source

The Sands of Time

Time & Tide Wait for No Man
Time & Tide Wait for No Man | Source

A Question of Time

Time is an abstract, it’s relative, it’s a conundrum.

Man invented the notion of measuring time and that’s a useful thing. Clocks and watches keep good time for us. Stop-watches time races, tell us when we’re out of time. We race against time, mark time, play for time, beat time; have, or maybe show someone, a good time.

We say a person can be before, or ahead of, his time. He can serve time in prison, give someone a hard time, make up for lost time (really?!) or be a legend in his own time. She can buy time, invest time in something or be in the wrong place at the wrong time, it all depends on luck, or fate, or whatever you choose to call these lives of ours which, if time is kind to us, can be well over the prescribed ‘three score years and ten’.

What is time?

Time is ripe, time is up, especially if there’s a time-bomb! A person can be two-timed and drastic times call for drastic measures. Time is money. Time is on our side, or not, as the case may be. Time is…. it just is.

It's Time!

Are you on time?
Are you on time? | Source

Time to Call it a Day

Time has taught me much and I try to put into practice what I’ve learnt. Time was on my side but not so much now!

Time is definitely running out for this article or perhaps it’s already living on borrowed time. It’s only a matter of time before you, dear reader, become fed up with my race through time and, one at a time, switch off your screens in despair. I’ll lose no more time in wrapping up. It’s crunch time. Catch up with you some other time!

* 'a whale of a time' is used because a whale is huge so you have an enormous amount of fun

Post Script

The weirdest idiom for me is ‘a stitch in time saves nine’. I know it means doing one thing to save you having to do more eventually, but I hate sewing and can’t imagine spending time doing one stitch, let alone nine - ugh!

Another pet hate? FaceBook - fed up with the media telling me I can find this, that and the other on FaceBook or the other whatnots; it’s all a load of twitter. I’d rather read The Times from cover to cover, not that that would be time well spent either. Oh, that reminds me, that’s how Times Square got it’s name (from the newspaper, not me reading it).

Just found out I've been on hubpages for six years now (Feb 2016); how time flies when you're enjoying yourself!

Ok, ok! I’m going already!

Some Songs Reflecting Time

'It’s gonna take some time this time' - The Carpenters

'Out of Time' - Chris Farlowe

Time is on my Side' - The Rolling Stones

I'm sure you can come up with many more!

© 2016 Ann Carr


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    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Yes indeed, Dolores. It has its pros and cons.

      Thank you for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed this. I had fun putting it together.


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      Dolores Monet 

      3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Ann - I enjoyed reading your piece on time. Time can be our greatest enemy yet our best friend. Time steals the world from us, takes our strength and youth yet can heal our hearts and spirits.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Great to see you here today, Theresa! How lovely of you to drop in on this one and leave such a delightful comment. I enjoyed writing this and drawing on my childhood always makes me feel good. Glad you liked it.

      I'm looking forward to reading your response to Bill's challenge. Still working on mine but it's not flowing, so I'm leaving it a day or so to see what hits me next time I read... we'll see!

      Time does indeed fly by. We all have a life to lead but I love to get back to hubpages to hang out with my friends here and you are one of the best.

      Have a great weekend!

      Hugs and love,


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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann,

      I noticed your comment on Bill's challenge hub, and I thought I hadn't see anything from you of late, so I popped over here to check things out.

      Then I realized I missed a couple of your hubs from six months ago! Don't know how in the world that happened? Makes me wonder what was going on six months ago in my life ...

      This is such a phenomenal hub on time. Time has always fascinated me. I love your wonderful childhood stories and photos which add so much dimension to the topic of this hub. Time seems to be going faster and faster to me these past few years for some reason.

      It's ironic I noticed this one of yours today for I have been working on a hub about time, but in a whole different sense, and now with this challenge issued, I'm thinking of holding off on that hub and have some ideas on the mountain challenge. We'll see.

      Beautifully penned.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Hi Frank! Thank you; I'm so glad you enjoy this series. I'm having great fun choosing the words and experimenting with them.

      Good to see you.


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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      I love when you do this series..take a word... its fun and so worth the read annart :) peace be with you

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Good idea, Flourish! Yes, I love Cher's 'If I could turn back time'.

      This ended up taking up much more time than expected!

      Thanks for the visit and for your valued input.


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      4 years ago from USA

      I've always been amazed that activities and tasks expand to fill the time that you have available. Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" would be a good addition! And Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time." There are enough songs about time to fill a song hub, I bet. Hmmm.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      manatita: Of course! I never thought of meditation. Thanks.


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      4 years ago from london

      So many ideas in my head! I forgot that you asked about an experience with time. In meditation, yes, it can stand still. We also go back, but I have not yet mastered this.

      I talk about spiritual experiences in my book, but I have had experiences where I enter a 'different place or space' and lost all sense of time. It has always been full of joy or Love. Hope this helps.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      manatita: Thank you for your great comment and your personal input.

      Retirement kind of sneaks up on you but it's great!


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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Great, Alan! Yes, there are various arguments as to the origin of cricket but this certainly takes precedent I think. I used to love playing rounders too and was good at both.

      It's wonderful how words change and what we can do with them.

      You've certainly spent your time in many places!


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      4 years ago from london

      Well Ann, you've said so much in just a short time. Time has made you one of my favourite Hubbers! How I love this and similar Hubs, and to digress marginally in time, your review was awesome and timely.

      So many delightful pieces through time, but I really loved this one, because it got just a touch funny, and closer to my own mortality, my coming time:


      "In what seems no time at all, I find myself retired! How did that happen? The me who, long ago, thought someone of 30 was ancient has lived that time twice over.

      So now I no longer have all the time in the world, I can’t afford to waste time, I have to approach everything with ‘there’s no time like the present’, I have no time to lose, before my time’s up and I’m timed out!"

      I really enjoyed the journey through your youth; with fun and playmates, education; the endearments of your parents, sweet digress again, the guy who came third in the UK Poetry Slam Championships last night, did a poem eulogising the virtues of an old Austin Allegro. It was so funny!

      This Hub began like sugar, Ann, tasted like candy, and floated like a butterfly. Bless your inspiration. Bill, you say?

      Two of what you asked for:

      "Time alone, time will tell." -Bob Marley.

      Prose: "Before it leaves the body, each Soul feels that it has wasted time."- Sri Chinmoy.

      Now finally a spiritual take on time:

      The Here and Now; The Present Moment; The Eternal Now; The Sacrament of The Present Moment. The last two lines are from my last poem:

      "Now timeless ... timeless ... timeless ...

      Resonate the moments ..." _Manatita.

      Much Love, my Dear Ann. have a great Sunday!

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Well well, Ann, stoolball eh? You know this was the origins of cricket, (back to Old Father Time on the Taverners Stand), don't you. Cricket is still played in the US, and the first international match was held before the Civil War in New York between Canada and the US. The first international baseball match was at Wembley. Originally we played Baseball but renamed it Rounders.That game went to the US, renamed Baseball over there. We wanted it renamed here back to Baseball but the request was thrown out. Rounders it stayed. Stephen Stills (of CSN&Y) was over here for one of the Test Matches at Lord's (I wasn't on duty that day). A book by Beth Hise available at the Lord's shop or Museum tells of the links between Cricket and Baseball, take a dekko at

      As for 'time' and 'tide' (waiting for no man), when we adopted the word 'tide' to mean the sea's motions influenced by the moon, the word 'tidings' sort of fell behind the cushions on life's great sofa. However we still have it in use regularly every year, "Glad tidings of great joy I bring..." In Sweden newspapers bring 'tidninger' (tidings), meaning news. In Denmark 'en time' is an hour, 'tid' is time.

      Just shows, eh?

      Having worked in newspaper and magazine publishing (pen-pusher) as well as at Lord's I think I've squared the 'hypoto-news' with regards time. What do you think?

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, Dora, for such a lovely comment. Yes, time does change us rather a lot! Respect for Father Time is all we can have, and hope that he's kind to us.

      Good to see you today.


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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Love the way you treated time --down memory lane all the way from childhood to retirement. Thanks for such a pleasant read. I am intrigued with how time changes appearances of people and things--some for the better, some not. Father Time has my respect.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Hi, Alicia! Yes, I think Bill and Ben were my favourites; I just loved their silly 'flobalob..' etc. It's good to know someone else knows what I'm talking about! Life was so simple then, wasn't it?

      Thanks for visiting. I'm still playing catch up and have a long list so if I've missed some of yours then I'll be over to read them soon.


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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, Ruby! Yes, a great childhood indeed. Loved your comment with your 'time' phrases. I appreciate you taking the time to write it.

      I know what you mean about the 'lines' - how they tell others about the time we lived on this earth! Just remember, you're only as old as you feel - and I'm still 21!


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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed this hub very much, Ann. I loved reading about time and your life. I watched Watch with Mother when I was a child, too. I liked Andy Pandy, but my favourite show in the series was Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men. I loved Little Weed! Thanks for sharing your memories.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am so glad I took the ' time ' to read about your journey. What a wonderful childhood you had! About Father Time, I get this feeling that time is moving too fast. I look back and think, " I can't be this old, it's impossible, " then I look in the mirror and see the lines etched in time. I know I spend too much time on my computer, especially in the winter time. I agree that face book is boring and I go there only when my family insists. Thank you. I enjoyed this...

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Perspycacious: You are absolutely right! Time is full at the moment and writing has suffered a little - lots of drafts, no time to sit down and polish them. Thanks for the comment!


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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      This time you are very timely. Why did you put off writing this until now? I know, "no time" right?

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Venkatachari M: Thanks for the great comment! Glad you had a good time reading this.


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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      phdast7: Thank you very much for your kind comment. Yes, words, their origins and playing with their usage are passions of mine, especially regional words which are fascinating.

      Good to see you today.


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      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great time, Ann! I enjoyed your time a lot and never fed up! Thanks for it. I spend much busy time and never feel idle time. It is a wonderful time spent on hubpages. Thanks again.

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lovely, all encompassing

      study of time. Etymology is one of my favorite pastimes. Blessings. :)

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, bill! Well, you can see what unique things come from Sussex, me included! Thanks for saying you think this is the best. I really enjoyed writing it.

      That bungalow is also eerily like the one we are (hopefully) buying; it's like going home for me, just in Somerset instead of Sussex - AND it's also even closer to the sea!

      What old man? Not you, that's for sure.

      Ann :D

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stoolball???? Never in my life have I heard of that. I always learn something new with your articles. I love that you added so many memories in this one. The bungalow you grew up in looks eerily like the home I grew up in. I'm adopted, Ann; is there any chance we are brother and sister???

      LOL....okay, I'm leaving. Thanks for a marvelous read. This is your best of this series, and thanks for mentioning this old man.


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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Hello Eric! Thanks for your kind comment.

      No, wishing our lives away is not good but we've all done it when we were young, haven't we?

      Good to see you.


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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, Mike, for your kind words.

      You made me laugh with the 'line at the PO'; I know what you mean!

      Glad you enjoyed the read.


    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Alex. Glad you enjoyed this.

      No, I haven't heard of that series (though I know of the writer). I'll look into it.

      Your visit is much appreciated.


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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marvelous, as always with your work I just loved this. Perhaps by others standards I waste time. But I never wish for time to hurry up -- well maybe when I have to exercise hard for 30 minutes.

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      4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann. Your telling of the tale draws the reader right in as the warm voice recalls the 'time of your life' with warmth and charm.

      Have I ever experienced 'a suspension of time' - yes often, primarily inline at the Post Office.

      I enjoyed reading this presentation.

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      4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I enjoyed this. One sort of time I really enjoy is when the alarm has gone off and I lay there with eyes closed and it fells like thirty minutes but only a minute has passed.

      Did you ever read Michael Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time series?

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Emese: Thanks for that great comment; it made me smile and I'm glad you enjoyed this.

      Yes, I was indeed very lucky to have had such a great childhood, in fact such a great life all in all. Now I have 5 grandchildren to add to the delight so I continue to enjoy my busy time with them. You can't waste time with children!

      Thanks again!


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      Emese Fromm 

      4 years ago from The Desert

      Hi, Ann,

      I really enjoyed this, had fun with your time. Thank you.

      PS. We seem to share a pet hate for Facebook; I've never heard the idiom "a stitch in time saves nine", but since I actually like sewing, I understand where it came from, I have never followed it though, and yes, it meant that in time that one missing stitch would unravel a big piece of the original stitches, not sure if exactly nine, could be a lot more if you didn't notice in time. Anyway, I love wasting my time, especially reading. (as a kid I was always told that I was wasting my time on books, though I really never cared, and I love letting my own kids waste their time the same way). Anyway, thanks for this article, like I said, it was a fun read, not at a all a waste of my time :), since I had so much fun reading it. You were lucky to have such a great childhood btw.


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