TIME IN A BOTTLE  

 

Step back in time with me, like to the 70s. A singer songwriter by the name of Jim Croce was one of my favorite artists. Jim wrote a song to his wife at the time she was pregnant with their child in December 1970. The song was "Time in a Bottle".   The song was buried in his first album, and was not intended to be released as a single, but when Jim was killed in a plane crash in September 1973, the songs lyrics, took on a new meaning with the wish of having more time. It was released as single and was No. 1 on the charts for several weeks.

 

You say, okay, why the trivia.... well, on a recent trip to Omaha, Nebraska, to complete my 16th marathon, I thought about this song. I write a lot of articles while on my long runs, and knowing I had a deadline coming up, the thoughts of this song turned in to this article.

 

We lost a running brother in September, Ricky Sparks, suddenly. Ran a race on Saturday, went to work on Tuesday morning, and was gone by lunch [see memorium below]. Over the past few months, we've lost many while on a run - Mollie Tibbetts, the 20-year old student at the University of Iowa - Wendy Martinez, a newly engaged young woman in the Washington DC area. But it's not just about runners, many of us have lost family and friends this past year.

 

I don't mean this to be a sad article, but an awakening article. The lyrics are:

 

If I could save time in a bottle

The first thing that I'd like to do

Is to save every day till eternity passes away

Just to spend them with you.

 

If I could make days last forever

If words could make wishes come true

I'd save every day like a treasure and then

Again, I would spend them with you.

 

Every time we turn around, or turn on the TV, or read the news, its seems there has to be two sides, and each side is hating the other. In our workplace, you think one person gets more than you. In your home, there is bitterness and trust issues, or you feel like you can't get through to your children.   Most of us run to keep our sanity and to release the stress. But then we lose someone, and you wish you hadn't said what you did.

 

We all should think of this song when the anger boils in our mind and body. We should think of this song when we leave for work or school. We should think of this song when we leave out on a run. We should think of this song when we watch our child head off to college, or kindergarten. We should think of this song when our parents struggle to remember. Instead of looking at the ways we've been hurt, look at ways we can make the world better.

 

But there never seems to be enough time

To do the things you want to do, once you find them

I've looked around enough to know

That you're the one I want to go through time with.

 

So, to my running family, go out and run today, hug your family, call your friends, be understanding and kind.

 

You all are special to me, and I'm so lucky to call you family!

 

Tammy Denson
President, Tuscaloosa Track Club

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