WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?

It doesn’t seem that long ago. The place hasn’t changed, but you have. We used to come here as a family and you ran around the cobbled street and dashed in and out of the old shops and took a trip on the old trams and we had lunch in the cafe and watched the aeroplanes outside the window.

You’re older now and so am I. I still visit and sit in the cafe and think of you. When you visit next year I will bring you back here and introduce my grandchildren to the old street that still echoes with your laughter.

Copyright CE Ayr

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above). A surprise this week when I saw this prompt – it’s taken in the Riverside Museum in Glasgow that I regularly visit with my kids. The museum houses the Transport Museum – cars, trams, buses, ships and more. I used to be taken to this museum when I was little by my parents, when it was housed in an old warehouse. Zaha Hadid designed the shiny new building which it moved into around 2010-11. It’s near my work and I run past it most lunchtimes too. We’ve missed visiting this summer thanks to the pandemic, but will one day be back when it reopens. So a little bit of sentimental musing this week, with a little bit of future fiction, and a few photos from some of our visits too.

The exterior of the museum, from a visit in 2016 with my boy.
Noisy siren still a favourite to this day with the twins!
Catching the steam train.
Running along the same street featured in the photo prompt, circa 2017.

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


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85 responses to “WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?”

  1. So full of longing, Iain

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    1. You can’t get those precious years back. Thanks Neil.

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  2. Dear Iain,

    I would never have known that was in a museum. Thank you for sharing that. Lovely, wistful story. Time stops for no one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Unfortunately not, and it rushes by so quickly, especially watching kids growing up so fast. Thanks Rochelle.

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  3. A story with the feeling of reminiscing Iain, COVID has denied us so much, but fortunately not the ability to write

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  4. I know what you mean about kids growing up. I don’t have any of my own, just nephews and nieces two and three times removed, but when I think my first nephew is now 53, it makes me feel so old!!

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    1. Yep, we’re not getting any younger!

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      1. Tell me about it!!!!!!

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  5. I like the tone of this piece. Much more sentimental that your usual, more genuine. Great work.

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked it as I’m writing a novel in a similar style, so good to get some practice in.

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  6. Such a poignant piece Iain. Your footnote makes me want to visit the museum, maybe next year when I’ll be up your way again – hopefully!

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    1. It’s worth a visit definitely – though go on a week day when the schools are in so it’s not too busy! 🙂

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  7. Great story. How cool is that place. Thanks for sharing your photos, Iain.

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    1. You’re welcome Janet, thanks for reading 🙂

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  8. Beautifully written. So evocative. And your children are so adorable!

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    1. Thank you – they have their moments! 🙂

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  9. So that’s where the photo is set! Lovely piece of writing, Iain, nostalgic and philosophical. The photos are good too.

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  10. Beautiful story, Iain. Nice photos. Hopefully, you will be able to visit again soon.

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    1. Thank you – I hope so too!

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  11. Thank you for lifting the veil on the photo…looks like a magical place…love the memories your story evokes.

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  12. Love the sentimental feel. Sums up how parents feel as their kids grow! The personal touch with the pictures was great! 🙂

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  13. Wonderful story of handing down cherished traditions and memories. It’s what family is all about ❤ Nice pics of a cool-looking place.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  14. I love how you saw old memories in the pictures too, and I thought it looked a bit like a stage-set which made me think of memories too.

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  15. Memories keep us coming back to old haunts, don’t they? Well, happy memories, anyway. Nicely done, Iain.

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  16. I saw this and thought for sure it was a film/television set. Museum makes sense. It’s beautiful that you bring your kids to the same museum your parents brought you as a kid. Someday, they’ll bring their kids.

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    1. I would like to think so. Thanks.

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  17. such a fine nostalgic family moment

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  18. Thats a lovely piece Iain, the building looks amazing from the outside.

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    1. It is amazing, and quickly became a city landmark by the river.

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  19. A lovely atmosphere, and one I can fully understand as the mother of people who have started entering their 50s :). Really enjoyed this.

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  20. there’s a portuguese word for this. it’s called saudade which doesn’t have a direct equivalent in english. well done as always.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for the new word 🙂

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  21. “The place hasn’t changed, but you have.” is a good line. There’s a strong sense of memory. Great story.
    P.S. I like the additional pictures.

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    1. Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  22. This place looks awesome. Loved your added photos.
    Great story. Time flies.

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    1. If your ever in Glasgow, you should stop by! 🙂

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      1. Absolutely! Not in winter though, it would kill me!

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  23. Such a touching tale.
    A father and his memories.
    Echoes & sounds are still alive along with his memories. Hope the grand-kids can hear & understand.

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  24. Whoever she is, he misses her very much. Lovely poignancy, Iain.

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  25. What wonderful, thoughtful memories. Thanks also, for filling in the gaps, Iain. Very well done.

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    1. Thank you Bill, much appreciated.

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  26. Very wistful. Nice photos too!

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  27. Beautiful story. It left me longing for more.

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  28. Wonderful that its been there so long!

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    1. Yes, when it moved into the new building they took the old street and moved it almost (fake) brick for brick!

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  29. First of all: This was a beautifully written story of longing and reminiscence.
    Second: Thank you for sharing your personal story!

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    1. Thanks Dale, glad you liked both parts!

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  30. The past only comes back in our minds. Good one.
    Ronda

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  31. I loved that museum, even though I only had one BIG kid with me!

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  32. I’m sure she will enjoy the visit

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  33. Awwwwww This was lovely! What fabulous memories to share! 🥰

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  34. Very nostalgic. I can relate with my daughter growing older too. Those years do go by so fast. Gosh, I’d never have thought it was a museum. It really looks like this side street I wandered into once in London.

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    1. Although the old-fashioned cars are a clue!

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    2. Thank you Fatima, it is such a precious time that disappears in a flash.

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  35. Here’s to memories and good revisiting …
    I’d comment more coherently but I’m currently a puddle of cuteness-overload from the adorable photos you enclosed …

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    1. Haha, they have their cute moments 🙂

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  36. Lovely nostalgic story. And thanks for sharing those memories.

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  37. Thanks for sharing the pleasant memories Iain. Hope all is well with you.

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    1. Thank you, nice to hear from you. All fine here, hope all well with you too.

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  38. Aw, Iain, that’s lovely and such beautiful photographs too – what gorgeous children! We used to regularly take my son to a science museum in Bristol when he was small. I remember all that running around, that small-person enthusiasm for things. Now my son is taller than me, about to start college! The years do seem to pass quickly, don’t they? Hope you get to visit the museum soon

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    1. Thanks Lynn. We’re not quite at the college stage yet, but I already look back and miss those days of them being this small and curious. Hope you are well and have been coping through the crazy summer.

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      1. It’s a cliche, but the time when they’re small does seem to pass quickly. We’re coping okay, thanks, though it’s all rather oppressive, isn’t it? Covid, the economy, the Brexit shambles… I’ve voted against this lot of @£*&£@#+£s so many times I’ve lost count, but the country isn’t with me, so I just have to stand by and watch it happen. Or just try to write and ignore it all! Hope you and yours are coping okay

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