…you look at your twitter profile. And the bit where it says “joined July 2008” catches your eye.
And you think not “oh wow have I really been on twitter for six years?” but “oh that means it’s six years since I read The Time Traveller’s Wife.”
Because I initially joined twitter so I could post updates when I went up to Rutland Water and took part in my first regatta (the sailability multiclass). And whilst I was there I was also reading The Time Traveller’s Wife. A bit whilst the others were on the water and I wasn’t because it was too much for me – although mostly at that point I was watching and chatting to others – but mostly in the evenings in that hotel room.
From what I recall was a very good book. But that’s why it’s weird because I’ve never reread it – I’ve not wanted to. I’m not even sure I’ve still got the book. And I’ve not seen the film. It remains a good book with some brilliant portrayals of disability yet I’d not thought about it in forever until I saw that little line on my twitter profile and immediately remembered that I was reading The Time Traveller’s Wife that weekend when I first went to a regatta and I first joined twitter.
And for posterity my first ever tweet:
trying to figure this thing out; listening to my neighbours loud tuneless annoying singing; eating mini chedders and drinking squash
— Emma (@FunkyFairy22) August 6, 2008