Happy New Year

Bobby had a question, “Why is everyone kissing and hugging and wishing each other ‘Happy New Year’? Has something happened to the old year? How does a year get old?”

Clock 1Grot boy took Bobby’s questions as an invitation to embark on a lesson about time passing and the construct of time. “Over time, how scientists think about and explain time has changed. They used to think that time was the same for everyone, at all times.”

The teddies were confused by all these times. Ted 2 asked, “What’s grot boy talking about? He’s making even less sense than usual.”

Grot boy didn’t take the hint and thought that expanding on the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, and how each looks differently at the relationship between space and time, would help.  Quoting Albert Einstein to elucidate:

“People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between the past, the present and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”    

I could tell from the bemused looks on the teddies’ faces that this lesson had gone too far. In an effort to bring the discussion back into the teddy bear realm, I explained, “Time passes, like water under a bridge. Remember Pooh Bear playing poo sticks?”

Bobby understood that, “It’s just like sometimes I sit for a while and then some chocolate wanders by.”

“That’s right Bobby,” I continued. “As time passes, we all change and get older.” But grot boy corrected me, “The teddies don’t get any older, they’re timeless, they don’t change.”

“That’s where you’re wrong again,” I interjected. “All you need to do is look at the colour of Bobby’s head compared to the colour of his bottom. It’s very clear that a lot of time has passed while Bobby has been sitting in the sun on the back of your bike.”

NYE psychedelic lightsCcino wasn’t interested in all this theoretical nonsense, “New Year! Old Year! What does it matter? It’s party time! Come on everyone, the lights here are really cool – this is a great place to mosh.”

© teddybearlife.com, 2013

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