The Wall Clock

It is one of the most endearing furniture we can talk about, when we go back to our immediate past …

Clock is one of the most endearing furniture we can talk about, when we  go back to our immediate past, because we have seen it in most middle-class houses, such as a lookout and acoustic echo of the 24-hour turn of a working day.

The wall clock is a kind of icon. Modest but eloquent, that says “here I am and I”, especially, when they give the 12 hours of the day or the dawn. Everything is hidden behind the chimes, everything remains as if it were stopped or blurred, when we heard them; The worst is when we are hearing and seeing a television program that can annoy us by not fully understand the phrase that, at the time, says a character in the series, or small speech l a political figure  or literari to that gives us  Pearls”, good or bad, timely or indifferent, but we like to hear them.   

The wall clock was held by our grandfathers, because it was one of the pieces that, together with the throne of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, formed one of the motifs of adornment and company. The first measuring time and the second putting that point of religiosity endearing from other times, when materialism and the push of modernity had not yet entered through the door of our houses. This, usually ,  was enthroned, for which he was called to a priest friend to officiate at such ceremonies.     

Both” furnitureoccupied the high  places of the living room or living room, next to a profuse gallery of  portraits , accompanying them:  that  of the grandparents , that of a soldier of the African war,  of the parents, or the the son who fulfilled the Services or  military, or the l  student who was studying med i office in Salam toAQL, or a character of true lineage that had given the family some glamor or dominion.  

It used to be this wooden clock, hanging from it a kind of bright yellow disk, next to cylindrical weights, that, after a few days, had to be raised again, otherwise the clock would stop, and it looked very bad Feeling, lack of attention or lack of care, which is worse. As it regards the throne of the Heart of Jesus, the mother of thefamily always cared lovingly wiped to n d ole dust and praying a prayer ng by a member of the offspring, who was ill.  

Such icons came to be as a finished reflection  of what  was happening  mostly, in  the  last  century ,  where nests ba  the  soci pálpito to  in  those years.  F a milies , almost always numerous, immersed in precarious  one  time  difficult , but full of  good cheer,  after the hard work done  by the father in  his modest  pit, the mother at home, and children, many of them, Working on buttons, boys on the errands or trade dependents. No falt ar  chronic  on  the  tear  of  emigration in the 60s and 70s, in search of  better wages. 

Both the wall clock and the aforementioned image were those who presided over fond  memories of  baptisms, first  communions  andWeddings , great pretext to unite family and friends, while referring  to  occupations and trades . Clock and throne that were looked at and admired in times, above all, in  the postwar period, with ration cards, brown bread, and social aid. 

Were the leaders of a neat and clean house, where they usually lived four c orlumnas philosopher Confucius: “Parents brave, wise mothers, brothers and willing obedient children.” Those, working in the field, in the small business, or  as a bricklayer, carpenter, etc .; the  mother s  care of the children, what ienes  highly respected by their parents  and  were affectionate with their brothers , though sometimes there were some occasional fight or quarrel for trivial pretexts .. .   

Charisms  family is that  also  sacralized  Sophocles,  stating that “the family is good, it is also good citizen” and  Magnified Gabriel y Galán, with poems full of emotion  and  senti do religious .  

Sometimes, as in the cities where one has a great devotion to the Virgin Patroness (The Virgin of the Mountain, in Caceres, the one of the Victory, in Trujillo,  the one of the Prado in Arroyo de la luz,  the one of Bótoa Badajoz …)  not missing their medals hung or framed prints  in  modest frames, but it  used to preside,  also, the family biography, since Virgin has always enjoyed the greatest popular devotions.

Wall clock that has companions, some more beautiful and others more humble.Needless to say, these last watches are sons and heirs of those who were sun, sand and water, but who only knew the time approximately. Mechanical watches were already a great advance in the measure of time. With the passing of the times, the cities built monumental clocks, from the fourteenth century.

There is no city in the world that does not have monumental clocks, perhaps being the king of them all, the London Parliament, the popularly called “Bing-beng”; As there are others very popular in the cities of central Europe, some of which have movable figures that add an extra curiosity of the public that, for the first time, contemplates them. Others more modest, but full of popularity, are some that accompany us on sunny afternoons, on our walks, as it may be now in autumn, on days without rain or wind. Or those clocks from our parish temples.   

Many are the kinds of clocks that accompany the man in his daily life, either at work, in the pleasure of a gathering, when it comes to food, or in the bed, when we rest, when ,  if we lack The wall clock ,  with its alive sound, seems that we lack something , reason why soon we take it to the watchmaker who arranges it

Modern clocks can be manufactured in various ways, depending on whether they are electrical, synchronous, quartz or atomic. As is the much needed alarm clock that watches because we can sleep until it is time to get up, to work or to do something that has to start at a certain time, enter an office, go with friends, attend an event, etc. 

For all the qualities and reasons that support the importance of the watch, it goes without saying that the watchmaker’s trade has had, since antiquity, a certain relevance and has been admired and respected at the time. And it has been a not easy craft to learn and master, it is req u iere skill and serious and lifelong learning.

There is a paradox between the clock and time. The first is a close, habitual and very human tool, and what it measures, which is time, has a transcendence that philosophers study, with resources not always from understandable parameters, but sometimes abstruse.