Time, and the passage of it

Why do we have so many tenses in English? By the time I have completed this entry, I will have thought of many other things I could (and should) be doing (like lesson planning). By the time + future perfect; why are we looking ahead so much, planning and orchestrating our lives? Are we ever in the present moment?

Cat yoga. Maybe this should be a caveat in all areas of my life. I watch cats stretch. I envy them their presence, their sensuality.  Watch a cat, maybe for an hour or so, and you will inevitably wish you had more time to stretch, to watch the birds, to dine. To purr.

Maybe we will take more time to do those important things. Breathing. Dining. Napping. Observing.

On another note, I had a conversation with a student today about the barriers that language can create with talking to one’s children. It was of fewer words, but still very powerful. She, a Kurdish woman from Turkey who speaks Farsi on top of everything else, was telling me about friends of hers, as well as herself, who are chided by their pre-school and school-age children because they cannot understand their parents. Of course, their children are in school for many hours a day, learning English like little sponges, and adults learn at slower rates. But children are still learning empathy. Their world view is immediate, themselves and their proximate surroundings, caregivers, etc.  How do we teach empathy?

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