definition of a moment

by bledsoe on September 3, 2008

As happens occasionally, this exchange seemed to come from out of nowhere.  I was sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop and the Maker was nearby working on some project.  It reads like it was a short conversation, but there were long (5-10 second) pauses between each question and response.

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The Maker: A moment is a space of time.

Schooldad: How big a space of time?

M: As big as you want.

S: Is a year a moment?

M: Yeah. It's possible to be a moment, yeah. Well, a moment is a short thing of time, I think, a short space of time.

S: How short?

M: At least a minute. Two minutes is probably the maximum of a moment.

S: So a moment can't be longer than two minutes?

M: Well, I don't know. I'm guessing two minutes is probably the max.

[Pause]

M [contemplatively]: "A moment is a short period of time."

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