"Carrick," Russell sighed, "Did time suddenly stop somewhere? This is your time as much as then was your time. That may have been a formative time for you, but you've existed in every time since then. You didn't let history just pass you by, did you? You participated in all of those times between your childhood and now, haven't you? Try being in the present with me."
"That's good, at least. I hope you didn't damage him too much," he was still upset. But he took a deep breath and tried to calm himself. "Think about what I've said for a while and remember that I love you, you stubborn old man."