“ ‘Closed timelike curve’ is the jargon for time travel. It means you go out, come back and meet yourself in the past.”-Kip Thorne.
As I stood at the gates next to my Father I could nearly grasp those lost childhood years. The now abandoned park that I gazed into was once teeming with activity. However, now it stands a silent and still monument to an era of magic. Originally built in 1963 and closed down in 1999, The Prehistoric Forest (or “Dinosaur Land”)encapsulated a few years of my life within it.While I gazed into the park with a myriad number of mixed emotions welling up inside me; I imagined as I shrunk back into a child the park grew up full life again. There exists throughout time and space pieces of us and our hearts wherever we’ve passed. In this case a road side attraction had pieces of my beloved childhood memories within it. Beyond the fence meant to keep me out, lay 8 acres of overgrown trails, random dinosaur(some broken)sculptures, and a precious piece of me. It nearly felt as if there was an invisible wall and I could walk through into my memory. So badly did I desire to relive that period, but alas time marches on with or without us. What it does leave behind for us are the memories. Even though I couldn’t physically be back inside of that memory, I was surrounded by the ghosts of it. I found it funny that present day I was standing in front of this park with the very people who lived in that memory with me, my Mom and Dad. Nothing will make you cherish your life more then standing in front of the ruins of it, from a marvelous period gone by. I could see a little me excitedly grabbing my Dad’s hand and crunching across the gravel to the now empty souvenir shop. “I want the neon triceritops stuffed animal Dad!” Although this place was fading away as each page of time was turned, it remained as vivid as ever within my memories. My Parents are getting older and showing signs of wear, but here, in my memory they are always young. Never had inanimate objects made me consider my mortality more. I thought of all those moments that seem to go by unnoticed while they’re happening, but later become wholly significant. Because even as your living it that time will hold great value in the future. Therefore, take lots of pictures, slow down, and tell the people whom deserve it that you love them every chance you get. To learn and see more about my memory, click here!