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Past?

Present.

Now?

Present.

New?

Present.

Future?

Future?

Not here yet—

Yes, I am. Present!

Running a little ahead of yourself, are you?

Yes, Ma’am.

Very well, take a seat.

Excuse me, Ma’am.

Yes, Past?

New is not a tense.

Very true, it’s not. And the point of your comment is?

Well, my Dad says, if we let New in where it’s never been before, there’s no telling what could happen.

To whom?

To all of us, Past, Present—I mean, Now—and Future.

I see. What do you say?

Ma’am?

You’ve told us what your Father says about New. What do you say? New is sitting right there in front of you. I’m sure we’d all be interested.

Um, well…it’s hard to tell from here. Maybe dresses a little funny…seems okay, though.

Thank you, that’s a good start. New, do you have anything you’d like to say to Past?

No, Ma’am.

Why not?

(long thoughtful pause)

Because it doesn’t matter.

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© Elaine Stirling, 2014