Not only is it Friday today, but it’s the start of my 4-day weekend for President’s Day! Despite it being a shorter work week, it was super tiring and I ended up going to bed earlier than usual last night. Isn’t that how it always is?
So The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge this past week was “Time”. While thinking of what kind of picture I could take or use for the challenge, I decided to use some shots of Big Ben from my last trip to London.
I came to this idea because I’ve been reading Atonement this past week and at one point in the book World War II is going on and the character Briony is training to be a nurse in London. At one part the author writes, “The chimes of Big Ben marked every change of the day, and there were times when the solemn single note of the quarter hour prompted moans of suppressed panic as the girls realized they were supposed to be elsewhere.” This got me thinking… not only is Big Ben probably one of the most if not the most famous clock in the world, but it has also been around for a long time. Obviously, this would be a great choice albeit a little predictable for my photo challenge response. But what really sealed the deal for me was thinking about how this section of the novel takes place during World War II, more than 60 years ago. With a little research (a quick Google search) I learned that Big Ben was built in 1859 and is 157 years old. Imagine how much that clock tower has seen in those years! It’s stood witness to changing cityscapes, a war, and other major events as well as the daily lives of London’s inhabitants and millions of tourists.
So not only is Big Ben an iconic “time” keeper, but it has stood the test of time, and bore witness to things over lifetimes.