It’s My Life, Sort Of: Can’t Wait To Turn Back The Hands On My Watch

It's almost time to turn back the hands of my Disney watch, this weekend. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

It’s almost time to turn back the hands of my Disney watch, this weekend. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

How’s that saying go: spring ahead, fall back.

Good thing we set our clocks back one hour this weekend. At 7 this morning, it was still dark outdoors. And I was out an hour before that, walking our dog. It was pitch black. The adjustment to Eastern Standard Time this weekend will brighten up mornings for a lot of us, particularly early risers like myself.

At home, we’ve a few timepieces that still need to be adjusted manually. A wall clock (but it is broken, for time being), various time tellers on night tables and desks. And of courses watches on our wrists.

Like my Disney watch, as pictured on my wrist. It’s a classic, purchased at Disney World back in the late 1990s.

But no one told me it’s magic.

When you turn this watch back an hour, prepare for something more. Especially if you have an over-active imagination.

This watch takes me back to the late 50s, when the Mickey Mouse Club was on TV. What a joy ride that turns out to be.

Pure escapism.

This watch opens doors on memory lane. This watch brings back the “D.A.” hair style and white bucks (buckskin or suede shoes), the Beaver, the Nelsons and Captain Kangaroo, among a cast of others.

You turn back the clock more than one hour when you turn back the hands on this timepiece. Annette Funicello pops into the picture out of nowhere. So does Lassie. And so does Dick Clark and American Bandstand.

What a trip! I was a kid back in the ’50s when the Mouseketeers were a big thing. Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Goofy and Chip and Dale too. And here they are, down the side of my watch, smiling at me.

Can’t forget those days in my life. But boy, time flies, doesn’t it?

Have fun setting your wristwatch back one hour. Me? I’ll going back more than just an hour. No one told me my Disney watch is magic!

(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. It’s My Life, Sort Of is a recurring feature on the blog)

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