I had one of those ah ha moments and these days I seem to rush to my blog rather than call up a bewildered friend who won't understand what the fuss is about. I think I'm at least marginally better at explaining these ah ha moments in writing. I wonder if other adults continue to have obvious facts conceptually come into focus, long after they should have known what these facts mean. Today my ah ha moment has to do with time zones. I know different places have different times zones. I have family members living in different time zones in the US. I have been to Europe twice, and my daughter has been to Europe five times. I've generally known what the time is where loved ones are as well as where I am.However, for the first time it dawned on me that these different times zones mean that while it's Friday afternoon here, for example, it's Saturday morning in certain parts of the world. It took me awhile to arrive at that conclusion when I noticed that some PhotoHunt participants had already posted their Saturday theme photos for this week. I'll explain more about PhotoHunt tomorrow, when I post my photos. In short, it's an activity a group of bloggers do where they all post photographs on Saturday to illustrate the pre-selected theme. Sounded like fun to me so I decided to join them this week. While getting the tags in place so I'll have a link to the originator of PhotoHunt's page as well as to the technorati PhotoHunt page, I was surprised to see some PhotoHunters already had their posts up on technorati. Not that it matters, why not post on Friday if you like? However, the realization hit me, BAM, that it was already Saturday where they lived.
I don't know why realizations like that hit me full force. I had a similar ah ha moment early in my marriage when I was looking at an atlas and something clicked. I announced to my husband that the earth was round. He was vastly amused, knowing I was reasonably well educated but also knowing me, he sort of got why I was making such a big deal about it. I had been pondering how Alaska and Siberia could be so close and yet on opposite ends of the flat map when I announced, I get it, that's what it means for the earth to be round. He had conquered such concepts in grade school and had worked in navigation while in the Navy for 4 years so this wasn't exactly earth shattering news to him. It's not like I didn't know the earth was round but the ramifications of what that means had never sunk in with me. Much as the full ramifications of time zones not sinking in until my ah ha moment today.
The visuals I am including are photographs of some of the aids that I grew up with. That's what makes it so crazy that it took so long for these rudimentary facts to sink in with me. The globe and atlas in this entry were hanging out in the den while I was growing up. I have much newer ones because I bought a ton of geography aids to have when my daughter was growing up but I held on to the ones my parents had too. It's interesting to see how much the geo-political boundaries have changed since I was a child. I find it very odd that I would continue to have moments where the light bulb turns on in my head. It's not so much a matter of learning something new as having something click. Too weird for this old dog. Muchado about nothing I suppose, or rather something pretty basic. It was, after all, a long time ago that Galileo Galilei was shocking people.