Friday, March 9, 2012
Homesickness, Wyclef, Doctor Who and a Theory of Time
The first day Fernando and I made our decision about me looking for work out here / moving here for a couple years, we were both excited by the idea. The next day, of course, I crashed into homesickness. I wouldn't be homesick if I knew I was going home for good, but the idea of spending most of the year sans Fernando et kittehs made me a bit sick.
I sat up on my room and cried and finally decided only some TV would help. So I watched the first two episodes of Doctor Who season 1 (the new series). [For those few few who've never watched the series, it's about a time-and-universe-traveling alien, with various Earthling side kicks.]
In the second episode... this is mildly spoilery but won't spoil the central plot of the episode. ;-) In it the characters go into the far future, to the last day before the Earth ends, which makes the Doctor's sidekick melancholy--not only for the end of the Earth, but because she realizes time traveling into the future means everyone she knows has been long dead. But the Doctor fiddles with her cell phone, allowing her to place a call to her mother, still alive in the past. And they travel back in time where the Earth still exists.
It's a nice representation of one physics theory that the past, present and future exist simultaneously. After the Doctor episode I thought to myself: Right now there are multiple points in the past where Fernando, Haley, Minion and I are still together; and right now there are points in time in the future when we are too.
And then I had another cry.
And then I was okay and went to bed.
This thought about Time doesn't stop me from feeling homesick every few days, but it does help me feel more connected to my little family back on planet Montreal.
Today's song is "Gone 'Til November." Because it's about being apart from your loved ones (albeit I'm not off running drugs), and because my first memory of this song goes back to the year Fernando and I were married, when I was setting up our apartment on a beautiful spring day, windows open, sun across the floor, Wyclef's album blasting on the stereo.
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