If only we had 'More Time.'
Who would you save if you had a time machine?
Anything you’d change and do different?
The answer isn’t always obvious. You might want to help a childhood friend who you lost touch with as a teenager, or resolve one of the many if-only I had more time situations.
Are you ready for a life do-over?
Sophie is, and this is her story.
Kevin was my best friend from kindergarten and all through high school. He was a few years older than me and lived down the road from my grandparents, who basically brought me up. The two of us encouraged each other and got into a lot of mischief. One time, we decided to have a fire on the outhouse’s flat roof to warm up the fish and chips we purloined from Nana’s shop. Luckily for me, Papa spotted the smoke before we burnt the building down. I was grounded for an entire month! Kevin’s the only person who has ever challenged me.
Then, there was the time we picked clean the entire elderberry bush and quickly discovered they’re too sour to eat. Kevin suggested we make wine. I mentioned reading about squashing the little berries with our feet. I think I confused elderberries with grapes. He asked me to demonstrate and I forgot to take off my white socks. He kept a straight face for all of two minutes then laughed as I promptly stained them a dark blue-black.
At least, when he wanted to play doctors and nurses, I said, “I’ll strip after you.” We were too young to do anything. After a few minutes, it got boring as the novelty had worn off, and we just got dressed.
Come to think of it, Kevin was the instigator most of the time. Mustn’t forget the time he washed my legs down the toilet to clean them. We’d been wading in the local muddy stream looking for tadpoles. I got a wallop from Mom that time, and deservedly so. It wasn’t just my legs covered in mud!
As kids, we had such fun together, two peas in a pod. Admittedly, he was older, but we understood each other. Why didn’t I date him? His mates making fun of us at high school didn’t help with comments like robbing the cradle.
Too late now, he graduated and got a job locally. A couple of years later, I left to go to university, and we lost touch. In under two years, I graduated with a first in physics. Consumed by the flow of time, I quickly achieved my doctorate in theoretical physics with mathematical premises and proofs on tachyons enabling time travel, plus the effect of gravity on muons.
Judy and Keith have been married for over forty-five years. They’re semiretired and live in the South Bay, Los Angeles. Both were born and raised in England in the early fifties and relocated to Los Angeles in the late eighties. They have two sons and two grandsons.
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Their inspiration comes from their extended family and have released several illustrated collections of short-stories for children aged five to twelve, including ‘Bedtime Stories,’ ‘Quests and Adventures,’ and ‘The Wicked Witch Anthology.’
their grandchildren are now older, their later releases are written for young
adults and teens of all ages.
Three quirky facts about the authors
One, we're been married 47 years
Two, we went to the same Grammar school in England and competed against each other in a music competition. Judy won. Grammar School ran from 11 to 18.
Three, we love to dance...Lindy Hop is our favorite.
Four, the secret to a long relationship is communication and doing things together.
Sorry, can't count!
Five, we both love to cook, Judy's better.