Here and Now
Claudia Salinger

Hi. How's it going? I thought this whole time capsule assignment was kind of lame until I actually started thinking about it. And that's when I realised something. It really doesn't matter what we put in here because I can't remember stuff that was important six months ago, let alone twenty-five years.

I mean, man, I can't wrap my brain around twenty-five years because I haven't even been around that long yet. So it seems to me the only thing that matters, the only thing that's even real is the here and now.

And some stuff is important and some stuff isn't and I guess time is the only thing that can sort out which is which. And that just means the more we live in the present, the more we store up all the memories, good and bad, the more we have to hold on to once people, places, and things are gone.

Because, believe me, I speak from experience when I say things can change forever with, like, no warning. So no matter how much you love something or no matter how much you take it for granted, nothing lasts forever.

So for now, all we can do is hang on and wait and see and hope for the future.

Lacey Chabert

Party of Five