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Palabras Pinturescas: Time seems to go quicker as you get older

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By Editha Bartley

I continue to be amazed at how quickly time flies, the older one gets. And even with this seemingly rapid passage of time, I do always take time to stop and smell the roses, as they say.

So! One thing leads to another and after being reminded that it is time to get a flu shot (among other things), I elected to take the morning off and visit my favorite county seat, Mora for more than one reason. I wanted to vote early, and I needed to renew my driver’s license. That means I visited our Mora County Courthouse. And no, sadly, it is not a courthouse.

We who live in Mora County probably have the craziest courthouse collection of buildings in the state of New Mexico.

Mora is not that large, and it has only one main street. The skeleton of our old courthouse looms just off this street, totally fenced off from the public, and for many different reasons. This story goes back many moons, and through many county commissions. The Band-Aid approach to keep the county running was to haul in big trailers and connect them with a main hallway. This conglomeration of “temporary” building sits on the parking lot of the old courthouse. Yes, parking is limited, among many other problems.

If one happens to hit there at a busy time, one probably will have to stand in the hallway for a while. I was lucky the day I got my driver’s license because there were only three people in front of me, and there were several chairs available for us out in the hall. I was  also very lucky when I went to vote because I did not have to wait. I am confident Mora County has absolutely run out of space to keep the many, many files needed to run the county in a businesslike manner. The girls at the motor vehicle division didn’t know where they would put some new file cabinets that were about to be delivered. I hope they don’t have to hang them from the ceiling.

So after this successful trip to Mora I decided to venture on to Las Vegas for my annual flu shot.

My doctor father got the first doses of this vaccine years ago, and he demanded we (and most of his patients) get one every year. I can happily report that they do work because I have not yet had a serious case of the flu.

Those early shots were painful, and I remember having that “glass arm” that goes with shots of various kinds, but now that science prevails and after the quick prick of a very small needle, there were no after effects of any kind. Yes, sweet brother Bill and I often accused our father of using a veterinary string and needle that he pulled out of our mother’s saddle and tack room.

The last few golden aspen leaves are about to blow away and now the telephone rings at son John’s house next door as the Christmas tree orders begin to come in. How time flies when you are having fun and staying busy, thankfully.

Editha Bartley lives in Gascon in Mora County. She may be reached at 454-0563.