One of the pleasures of being Sabbath/Shabbat observant (which I'm really only partially so), is regularly indulging in this kind of timelessness. On Friday evenings, I remove my watch, and set aside my cell phone, and try to live in the moment, not watching the clock, not check, not rushing - just letting myself go with the flow of life.
I had a similar experience to the one described by Ms Elliot two weeks ago, walking home from the synagogue on Saturday morning - he was very crabby, hadn't had enough sleep over the last 24 hours, and was on the edge of a temper tantrum. My husband and older son wanted to go ahead, so I said "Go on, we'll catch up"...Toddler and I spent the next hour+ (i have no idea how long, as i didn't have any timepiece!!) we looked at things along the path, we waved at cars going by (he gestured and yelled to them "Stop!", and laughed when they went by), we also have a bridge over a creek to cross, and he threw leaves, and twigs on the upstream side, and then ran to the downstream side to watch them float away. I was able to give him the time and space to be himself, and he never even came close to the tantrum I was dreading. When we got home, he was so exhausted by the walk, and his baseline fatigue that he fell into a 2+ hour nap, and we all woke up refreshed, and happy. What a great day!
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