Day 500: Momentous

As usual, it’s much easier for me to choose a title, than decide how I’m going to write today’s blog post.

When I thought of today’s title, I was unaware of one of its most obvious applications: today’s number.


Numbers with zeros naturally seem more momentous, don’t they?  Which might seem paradoxical, because zero  means …. nothing.*

I’m happy with the title of this post. I think it really fits, today. But, I’m not sure how I’m going to shape today’s post (just like all those previous 499 blogging days).

Today, however, there might be a little bit more pressure … because of the title.  That is, what if this post does NOT live up to its title? What if it’s not … momentous?

Now, momentous  (especially if I write it with one of my beloved hyphens — “moment-ous”) might just mean … being in the moment.  THAT I can do.

But, IMPORTANT. How important can I make this post? And “important” to whom?  When? Where? In what way?   This post’s importance depends on so many things, most of which I can’t control.

Allow me, dear reader, one more digression —  to a particularly momentous post, for me. Here’s  Day 95: A Startlingly Short Post, in its entirety:


We are neither as unimportant or as important as we fear.


© 2013 Ann Koplow

Just days ago, I was trying to design a t-shirt, regarding that post.

Time out! What moment am I in, right now? Am I in Day 500, Day 95, or earlier this week?

I’m in all of them, and more.

Which  (finally!) leads me to the main event: what’s inspiring today’s post.

Yesterday, I met up with somebody who was momentously important to me, when I was in college.

And in the moments I spent with him yesterday, I had a sense of multiple visions:  Awareness of what was going on in the moment, along with echoes, overlays, and memories of moments from the past.

Right now, I’m thinking about the momentous-ness of these kinds of reunions. Over the course of human history, how many people have created stories, essays, songs, poems, paintings, etc. about encountering somebody — or something — important from the past?

A huge number. WAY more than 500, I would say … many of them quite accomplished and famous.

Marcel Proust, for one.  Dan Fogelberg, with “Same Auld Lang Syne.”

You may be thinking of different examples, instead.

How can I follow acts like those?

In my typical ways, of course.

Way #1: Composing a list.

My thoughts about yesterday’s meeting:

  • I’m glad this person was in my life, exactly how he was, in college.
  • When we separated, back then, it was painful.
  • I learned a lot, from all the moments with him — happy, painful, all of them.
  • I wouldn’t change a thing.
  • I’m happy we met, yesterday.

Way #2: Sharing images.

I’m not showing photos, here, of my ex-bf (or whatever else I might call him).  However, here are some photos I took yesterday, while I was with him:







 After we parted yesterday, here are some photos I took (as usual, in order of appearance):














And, finally, one more photo from yesterday evening, with Michael:


Thanks to all my momentous connections and relationships, to Marcel Proust, Dan Fogelberg, etc., and to you — of course! — for your important visit, today.


* Talk about deja vu: I think I may have made this same momentous point — about zeros and numbers —  in a previous post.  Which is bound to happen, people. I’ve written 500 of these friggin’ things!

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39 thoughts on “Day 500: Momentous

  1. Niko

    What a nice public garden and also.. a talented photographer 😛

  2. Congratulations Ann 😀
    Great and beautiful photos as usual.

  3. What a beautiful way to spend a beautiful day 🙂
    Congratulations on hitting 500 🙂
    Val x

  4. Thank you for the beautiful photos. Today in Florida is a cloudy one. Looking out of my window the skies look a little scary. Your photos today entered my space at the right time. Congratulations on 500 days.

  5. I think life gave you a meaningful event for your moment-ous No. 500, Ann. Our college selves may grow gray, and a little less firm, and a little more wrinkled, but they still stand at the foundation of all those years of wisdom and experiences stacked on top. To sit down and reflect with The Significant, or whatever you’d like to call him, while you were pouring that cement back then is round-number worthy.

    Your pictures of the public garden are particularly striking for No. 500, too, whether it be a coincidence or very good planning or fate itself smiling into your lens.

    My favorite has a stunning depth of field, with the yellow tulips up front, concrete pad with tall beanpole signs, swan boats, body of water and a city building. Wow. All in one gorgeous shot. Make a postcard out of it and sell it at the public gardens store, proceeds go to the parks department.

    Thanks for 500, Ann, and here’s to 500 more.

    • Thank you, Mark, for these significant musings on my post today. As always, your thoughts mean a great deal.

      • I tried to help you with the park donations dilemma at the same time, connecting our two posts … anyway, that one particular picture was more impressive than usual, Ann.

      • I greatly appreciate that connection, Mark, and just to prove that I do … here’s a link to that cool post of yours.

      • Thank you greatly, Ann. You needn’t have gone back to do that.

      • My pleasure, Mark. And no trouble: I was in the neighborhood.

  6. Lovely. The penultimate is my favourite.

    • I love the word “penultimate.” The weeping willow (in your favorite photo) and smiling Ann both thank you.

  7. Gorgeous park shots and congratulations!

  8. fantastic photos – and congrats on day 500 – wow!! big milestone.

    I also wanted to chime in with some info on the number zero – because you mentioned that “it means nothing” but some people would disagree with this. I know what you mean – but it does mean something .

    It is more than a placeholder, it is an import counting number, it refers to the NULL, and Mike Romanoff says “The invention of Zero was one of the most important breakthroughs in the
    history of civilization. (more here:
    and a bit of history here:

    anyhow, fun post and congrats again.

    • I LOVE the way you added to this post, with another perspective and fascinating history about zero. Thanks for this important visit.

  9. The Dancing Rider

    Lovely post, lovely photos. It looks beautiful there, green hair and all. I really enjoyed the assortment of pictures — a little mini-vacation!

  10. The Dancing Rider

    Oh, and happy 500! 🙂

  11. That was a momentous post 🙂 I have re-connected with a couple high school friends this past month, people so important and close to me growing up…and being able to reflect again on this reconnection with them makes me happy. And yes, I love the double zeros ’00’

    • And … it always makes me happy to reconnect with you, Randall. Thanks so much for the visit and the comment.

  12. Who-hoo! Congrats on the milestones. In lived in the Boston area for 3 years in the 1970s. I have often wished that life left me there! Such a great place.

  13. Marvelous photos!

  14. This post reminded me of a happy moment. When my daughter was at college there was a board in the communal room with a whole lot of notes on it. These were ‘mothers’ sayings’, she told me that for me she had put up “always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself” and that everyone agreed that this made a difference to how you thought. I had to correct the attribution to Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata, but I was so happy that something helpful had filtered down through me.

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  16. For me, the last pic is the best one. 🙂

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