Significant Moments in History

Author: Bryce Matthews

One day, inexplicably, Henry Jacobs began to travel through time.

He wasn’t sure why. Henry was only nineteen and had accomplished an extraordinarily small amount of things in that time. Why didn’t this happen to a scientist, a historian, or even an artist? He pondered, walking aimlessly through the streets of a new Rome. Why me?

The next day Henry sat small in the sand as the Pyramids were built before his eyes. He was astonished by their size, a Goliath to his David. He wanted to get up and sprint to the construction, to help out in any way possible, to contribute to one of the wonders of the world. But instead, he sat, feeling like he was sinking deeper and deeper, as insignificant as a few grains of sand.

Throughout the next few weeks, Henry witnessed the greatest humanity had to offer. He witnessed the rise of empires and oversaw the fall of villains. He touched what would be priceless artifacts and saw the birth of legends.

And, on the last day, he arrived in a hospital.

It was ordinary, nothing more or less than normal. There were no calendars or landmarks to name a year, but the technology Henry saw looked modern enough.

There was silence, save for a weak crying at the end of the hallway. Henry snuck as quietly as he could, peeping in through an open door. Inside was a mother holding a newborn baby, a smiling father by her side. Both were immediately familiar.

The nurse came by the bed, checking on the mother and making small talk.
“So, have you two decided on a name yet?”

“I think we have,” the father said.

“We’re going to name him Henry,” the mother continued. “Henry Jacobs.”


  1. Glenn Leung

    ‘Your own birth is significant’. I like the message you’re conveying.

  2. Hari Navarro

    A perfectly brief journey through the vastness of history. Loved the completeness of the ending. Thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you.

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