We’re continuing our celebration of Julianne Holmes’ Clock and Dagger with our thoughts about clocks. Civilization wouldn’t be what it is if they hadn’t been invented. Imagine the chaos if we couldn’t agree on the time, and even if we agreed, couldn’t tell what time it was right now.
But today, we have blinking digital reminders of the time all around us–on every appliance and device. What time it is, you ask? Let me glance around the room. More than ever, clocks are becoming art forms. While this has always been true, now they must provide us with beauty and happiness to find room in our homes.
Wickeds, is there a special clock in your life? Something from an ancestor or a gift? Something you possess now or remember from your childhood? Tell us about it.
Edith: I have a sweet clock in my office that I love. Hugh had given it to his parents, and we
brought it home after his father died. We also have a vegetable clock I’m very fond of. Right now, for example, it’s a zucchini past onion. Despite all the digital clocks, I always first glance at the analog ones to check the time.
Sherry: I love clocks and since Julie started writing the clock shop mysteries I always notice them. (She’s probably tired of me texting pictures of clocks to her!) Here are some of my favorites:
The first one is from my grandparents farm in Novinger, Missouri. The flyswatter clock came from the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The second hand has a little plastic fly on it. One of my daughter’s friends almost took it out when he saw it move over his shoulder. I found the little alarm clock at a yard sale recently.
Liz: I love my zen alarm clock. I bought it years ago when I read somewhere that waking up to shrill beeping or blasting music isn’t a good way for your brain to start the day. The zen clock chimes when it’s time to get up. It starts off with one chime, then the more you ignore it, it begins to chime more frequently. You’re still not going to sleep through it, you’ll just wake up a lot more peacefully.
Julie: One of the best things about writing this series is the clock research. I fall in love with clocks all the time. But the clock on the right? That is the clock my grandmother left me in her will. It is a little beat up, and electric. But it reminds me of her, and I love that I have it. I fine most folks think of clocks as more than just timepieces–they are also memory portals.
Jessie: My brother-in-law, John, has made several clocks for my household. He tailors them to individual interests of the people in the family. When my first book came out it was the debut in the Granite State Mysteries series. He very thoughtfully crafted a clock for me from pink granite cut into the shape of New Hampshire. It makes me smile every time I glance at it.
Barb: I have several clocks back in Massachusetts that have meaning for me. One is a mantel clock my parents gave to my husband and I when we first bought a house that had a mantel. Another was one that sat on my grandparents’ mantel for many years. But since I’m not home, I took a look around the house in Maine. Most of the contents belong to my mother-in-law including several clocks. I found this one. Sherry Harris, it looks a little familiar.
Readers: What about you? Do you have a clock you cherish, for its beauty or the memories it brings?