We live in a modern world of constant movement. Between the Internet and cell phones most of us are hardly inaccessible for more than five minutes at a time. And in response to this environment that is “always on,” deadlines are shortened, meetings are held by videoconferencing within a matter of moments, and emails are expected to be responded to day or night.
In this world of continual flow, it’s nice to come across those items of yesteryear that remind us of a slower time – when we were able to relax and take it all in rather than rushing on to the next event. Grandfather clocks embody this slower generation; a grand, majestic testimony to a gentler time. And so it’s no wonder that so many people – most armed with a memory of a grandfather clock from their childhoods – choose to put a grandfather clock of their own in their own home.
Grandfather clocks are most notably distinguished by their grand height – six feet and over – and their pendulum technology housed behind glass doors. But what appeals to people’s hearts is the spirit of the grandfather clock – its carved hood, intricate artwork, melodic song, and regal stature; denoting a time when things were made with loving care and handcrafted workmanship.
Having a grandfather clock will not slow the passing of time. But will surely remind us to take the time to enjoy the finer things in life.