How loud clocks can tick when a room is empty, and one is alone!
from Amy Lowell’s poem “The Blue Scarf”
Are children still taught to tell time in the old-fashioned way now that they have so many electronic devices?
We have clocks visible in every room of the house. In the guest room, we have an old wall clock of my mother’s that ticks so loudly Debby once complained about it. In our bedroom, we have a digital clock on the dresser and Tom has a Yoda clock on his nightstand. We rarely set an alarm because we have two of them whose hollow stomachs don’t allow anyone to sleep in. In the bathroom, we have a wall clock that was a gift from Tom’s grandma, I think. In the living room, every TV device visually blares the time, always. In the office, I can see my computer clock and the clock on the stove. Also in the kitchen, we have a clock we received as a wedding gift when decorative geese were all the rage–it still works, and I’m sure geese and ducks will come back into style one day.
The one pictured above is in the dining room, a gift from Tim that fits in with all the other sunflower decor in there. I can hear it ticking, too, when I’m sitting in a silent house sewing or painting at the dining room table. I’ve known that feeling Amy Lowell describes–when a house is too empty and a clock is too loud. But with the dogs snoozing near me, it’s more a companionable than a lonely sound.
Prompt from FMS Photo A Day.