The Window of Time: 06/16/12
"The Window of Time" by Richard Matheson was reprinted for the September / October 2010 issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It's a bittersweet nostalgic walk through one's life. It was written when Matheson was a young man and now sixty years later, it takes on different meaning perhaps.
An old man goes to a retirement home but gets restless. He decides to play hooky from his new situation. Instead of just walking out the front door, and thus admitting that he's unhappy, he sneaks out the window like he would have done as a child. He finds himself on the block he lived on many years ago and begins to experience moments from his past.
The story, though, isn't a chance to change things for the better. He can watch. He can chat with people. But he can't make changes. He can't undo his decisions or convince his younger self to make new ones.
I liked the story. It was mostly a mood piece and reminded favorably of "Unpossible" by Daryl Gregory.