12 noon means so many different things to different people.
To the workers in the administrative section of my university, it means ‘Time for Break.’ And no matter the amount of money you are bringing to the school at that particular time, you are on your own.
I asked my friend and this is what she had to say:
“…twelve o’clock reminds me of lunch with my family. One of the things I missed when I got older and went off on my own was sitting around the table, holding hands and saying the prayer before the meal. It’s still something I like to do. Breakfast is always a “do your own thing” meal, as is dinner. Lunch was always the meal where we ate as a family; we sat down together, held hands together and prayed together. It’s not huge or anything…but it’s a memory that sticks with me. And to this day…I love those moments when I’m with my family and we sit down, take one another’s hands and pray before the meal. That feeling…it’s home.”
To me, 12 O’clock was when the whole family would gather to pray for daddy, asking that God would bless him and the family. This was usually a responsibility for us kids during the holidays while our father was still at the office.
It was significant. Such that when mummy returned from work, she would ask, “did you do your 12 o’clock prayer?” If you did, you earned a reward instantly.
Also, as kids, there was a time when we fasted nearly every day during holidays, and 12 o’clock was the time when we would break our fast.
Today, when it was 12 o’clock, I remembered those good old days and smiled.
So that is simply what 12 O’clock means to me.
What does 12 o’clock mean to you? Does it remind you of anything?