Tuesday, April 24, 2007

歲月不留人 / The Passage of Time

Every time when the media announces the anniversary of a well-known event or the passing away of a high-profile person, it always stirs up an emotional response in me: "How quickly time has gone by!!" Such was my reaction when the radio announced the death of Boris Yeltsin, who had been instrumental in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Here are examples of other events:

* 90 years ago: Canadian-led assault at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917;
* 65 yrs ago: Bombing of Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941;
* 44 yrs ago: Cuban missile crisis of October 1962;
* 43 yrs ago: Assassination of US President JFK on November 22, 1963 (classic boomer question: "Where were you the day when Kennedy was shot?");
* 17 yrs ago: Murder of 14 young women at l'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989;
* 8 yrs ago: Avalanche death of 23 years old Michel Trudeau at Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, B.C. on November 13, 1998;
* 6 yrs ago: Passing away of his father the Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau on September 28, 2000;
* 5 yrs ago: World Trade Centre attack by terrorists on September 11, 2001;
* etc.

I am sure other people will have their own important "milestone" events and experience etched into his/her personal memory board.


xiao zhu said...

Yes, milestone or turning point, or whatever. Sometime it just came as an unexpected incident. Sometimes it was a decision which was made either consciously or unconsciously (?).

Time really flies. Or time flashes actually.

Very busy during the past few days? :P

微豆 said...

Xiao Zhu: I just came back from a national conference and am still in the process of catching up on my work. Yes, I have been quite busy after starting my new position.

Talking abt turning point - it will come end of this year :)

xiao zhu said...

嗯! :)

Haricot 微豆 said...

re: 歲月不留人

Four years have gone by since I wrote the article.

I am more aware of changes happening to other ppl's life journeys than to mine.

Inside looking out?

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