This story was written after lunching with friends where the main topic of discussion seemed to be “the good ole days.” It’s not unusual to hear such conversations among those of retirement age. But this was a young group – folks in their 40s and 50s. Already they were considering previous times an improvement to current times. It got me thinking these thoughts.
Bring Back Yesterday #321
Henry Herman is quoted as saying, back in the 1800s – “Oh God, put back the universe and give me yesterday. “
Those who have traveled half a dozen decades or more do seem to value their yesterday’s more than their tomorrows. Their yesterdays, it would seem, were better …sweeter . . . simpler . . . less demanding.
It was a time of sitting on the dock, watching the clouds go by: of walking down the lane, hand in hand; a time without troubles or concerns. Or perhaps those yesterdays are just the result of selective memory.
They also have tales of having to walk five miles to school, uphill both ways!
Of course, TODAY is the yesterday that our kids will remember. How will this time be reflected in their memory? Will they remember too many toys . . . too many demands . . . time disappearing into a texting telephone?
What can we do, to make today a joyful memory for them? They probably won’t remember who had the biggest toy or the designer book bag.
My guess is that they’ll remember who made them feel good, and why.
Make sure you are part of those happy memories for the youngsters in your life.
What happens when you apply a reality check to your yesterdays? Here’s hoping that you find laughter, lessons learned, happy memories and legitimate nostalgia. Now on to creating tomorrow’s memories, today.