A lifetime of memories, on a smaller scale
A recent news story on the Los Angeles CBS news radio station emphasized how time scales are different for many of us.
The story discussed damage from one of several fires that have plagued California in the last few weeks. It concentrated on the destruction to the Sylmar Independent Baseball League’s fields.
Sylmar Independent Baseball League
Fields that are used by young people.
One of these kids was quoted in the story:
“I played in this park since I was 3. I’ve never seen it like this, so I’m pretty bummed about it,” said one player.
They didn’t state the age of the player, but he was probably no more than ten years old, and possibly younger.
So his memories of the baseball field stretch back no more than seven years, but those memories span more than half of his lifetime.
This boy’s perspective of time is different than mine, because I’ve lived a little bit longer than him.
Seven years? Heck, that was only ONE corporate reorganization ago, and it was AFTER the groundbreaking NAS report was released. My daughter was just getting ready for her first year of college.
So what did things look half a lifetime ago for me? Well, the NAS report, or fingerprinting in general, wasn’t a concern of mine. My daughter wasn’t a concern of mine either; I wasn’t even married yet.
And Sylmar? The 1994 Northridge earthquake was still in Sylmar’s future.
But the Sylmar Independent Baseball League was around at that time.
And it probably will be 30 years from now.