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passing of time

at lunch yesterday, cam's parents mentioned that the principal at our old high school had been transferred to another school.

he had been at our high school for 17 years, they said, the longest tenure of any local principal.

i expressed astonishment that it had been 17 years already.

cam's mom laughed. "he was there for years before you got there!"

years? this man had been principal there for about a year when cam and i showed up as tenth graders (it was a three-year high school back then). my brother graduated from that same high school just two scant years prior and there had been a different principal in attendance at the time.

it's funny how we don't necessary keep track of time in the same way. to me, our principal would always be kind of new. to cam's mom, i suspect we'll always be kind of young.



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