Traveling To The Past
Copyright 2023 by Rene Volpi
The last senate of Julius Caesar by Raffaele Giannetti. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
wonderful would it be to hop around to a different point in time from
our past? I always wanted to visit the 6th C BCE, have a chance to
meet the Buddha in person or....Rumi.
the French Revolution to watch Danton going at it with Robespierre.
to watch my parents meet for the first time and see my father
enchanting Mom with his ever-present, irresistible charm. He must
have been a fascinating young man if the letters I found in the attic
revealed the true sentiment of these women whom he enthralled.
as a young girl growing up with my grandma and what she was allowed
to do and wasn't, according to the strict ethics of a barely
back to witness the Crusaders traveling to the Holy Land and see in
person how they behaved, what they did and didn't do, and who they
did it to.
out what the truth is by the simple fact of being there.
back to Roman times and the Crucifixion would just blow my mind.
Having a conversation with Seneca about it; next discussing the
reasons behind his decisions with the man responsible at the time,
Governor Pontius Pilate.
are so many instances in the History of The World that I'm curious
about. The only real connection to the past, the historical events,
is what we've been told.
teachers, college professors, and editorial opinions of people with
agendas to serve.
out for ourselves by traveling through time at will without the
ability to interfere--of course--would be nothing short of available
Quantum Physics for everyone. And what an experience that would be!
it coming soon? Would science and religion allow general access to
such a feat? Don't bet on it.
question is: what would it do to people in the long run? How would it
change, if anything, the way we are?
it turns out, there's payback to be given. When you Time Travel, you
end up losing Earth years yourself. Anything between 3 to 5 years,
depending on your genetic makeup.
no getting around that caveat. And it's not a small one. Losing five
years is a terrible proposition.
a high price, who'd be willing to afford it?
three years is a lot, especially if you "need" to go back
and forth. Five times and you've lost 15 years.
as this is, I'm willing to wait until they advance the science enough
so we don't lose any Earth time. None.
this case, maybe the saying, "It is what it is" is a much
more acceptable alternative.
for thought, my dear friends. Let your imagination run wild.
see my mom with her soft-as-silk hands holding my dad's face forcing
an unexpected kiss before taking off for the office.
you later, handsome" --she'd tell him. Every morning.
when everything was quiet, she'd open another window to check her
magnolias growing in the garden. If she saw something growing where
it shouldn't be, she'd call her partner.
housekeeper made gardener (a woman with hundreds of years of
knowledge, yet unschooled) and they both rush out with all the
weapons needed to fight the bush invasions.
was a sight to behold. Mom and her partner in crime, Maria Concepcion
the maid, fight the elements.
the sun hit her face, she would accommodate her favorite straw
gardener hat to prevent it and if you looked carefully, you'd notice
her beautiful green eyes had a streak of gold in them. And in the
shade, that feature became even more pronounced. It would have made a
weather was hot, so they both wiped the sweat from their foreheads
with their arms. A sigh or two was heard before the work was done.
and Mom had struck a deep friendship, especially when Maria almost
died of a bout of pneumonia and had to stay in the hospital for
were both kind, compassionate people that were lucky enough to meet
each other by chance. Or fate.
loved the fact that she enjoyed watching soccer. They were too funny
arguing whether a foul was committed but not referee-called. Same
thing with the penalties. Mom was literally a soccer fanatic. Just
like Dad. Maybe that's the reason why they married?
she was an avid reader and a quick learner. Never bored, she always
managed to find fascination in the most ridiculous things. Dad wasted
no time picking on her and made some pranks he thought for sure would
work, only to incite her curiosity further.
time, he did succeed. He persuaded one of his friends to pretend he
was a representative for a publishing company that made
encyclopedias. All she had to do was answer ten questions correctly
to win the latest edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. On the phone.
did her part, but was tricked with one fake question about the
capital of a fictitious country that of course, she had never heard
of. For that reason, the "agent" said she didn't win it.
she asked a librarian neighbor if he ever heard of such a country and
of course, he hadn't because that country didn't exist.
she brought her complaint to Dad, who was hiding behind his
newspaper, pretending to read but was betrayed by a muffled chuckle
that she heard.
boy. "Did you have anything to do with that?" she said
after my dad could no longer contain his laughter.
you! You…you're in trouble now", as she started chasing
him all over the house with a frying casserole.
were having a good time. Those were good, healthy, wholesome days.
remember the good times like they happened yesterday.
also remember she made him buy her a full collection of the
Encyclopedia Britannica, express delivery and with an "I'm
what you get for playing pranks on the wrong person.
of heaven, you could say.
dark days were ahead that no one could have ever envisioned or
of founded and unfounded terror. Days of absolute madness. Days where
everything went wrong and nights when we were afraid to go to sleep.
military juntas had seized control of the government and everybody
was a suspect.
good times were over and replaced with insecurity and paranoia.
was a communist.
back into the here and now, I still reflect on those moments with
love and tenderness.
can't think of a better way to spend ten minutes before crashing into
the dishes still have to be done.
Volpi is a multi-talented writer, photographer, and journalist whose
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has traveled extensively as a photojournalist and has a wealth of
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