Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Eighth Grade Clock

Yesterday, Peter brought home the clock that Northfield eighth graders have been making in IT (i.e., shop) class since the beginning of time itself. I doubt there is a home in Northfield where an eighth grader has lived that doesn't have its clock. We have two of them. The clock is a rite—or a token—of passage, another reminder (at least to parents) that childhood is slipping away.


Jim H. said...

You're right about the ubiquity of these clocks in Northfield. I smile every time I see one in the home of a friend or neighbor. Most of these clocks do not keep time in the unusual sense (our three Middle School clocks never actually worked), but they do mark a passage.

Rob Hardy said...

Jim is right. After two days of flawless timekeeping, the clock mysteriously succumbed to a temporal arrhythmia that seems to have proved fatal.

New Poem: "Phrasebook"

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