I love this porch! Wouldn't you just love to pull up a chair, have a cold drink and talk about your day?!
So, let's talk!! As most of you know, I have been listening to "oldies" on my playlist. I love oldies, I love the idea that I can be transported back in time, to the very place that I heard a song for the first time. For instance, I can remember exactly where I was the first time I heard, "Blue Velvet". I was in our yard on Rose Avenue; I was only 8 or 9 years old, but I can remember hearing the song coming through the window just like it was yesterday - I loved it immediately! I can also remember listening to Petula Clark singing, "My Love is Warmer than the Warmest Sunshine". I must have been watching the news on television at the same time, because I remember hearing that two little girls had fallen through the ice on the river near our home and drown . . . I was so sad; I think of those little girls today, whenever I hear that song . The day that my father passed away, I remember driving to Salt Lake City, he was at the Veteran's Hospital there. It was Halloween night, and there were little devils, witches, pirates, and princesses' going door-to-door, filling up their bags and pumpkins with candy. Stevie Wonder's, "I just Called to say I Love You", was the number one song that Fall, and I think they played it every 4th or 5th song. I can't hear it to this day without those same feelings of sadness coming back. Indulge me with one more! When I was in 6th grade the song, "Love is Blue", was very popular! I can remember listening it it with my friends and memorizing the lyrics - we loved that song, although my favorite version of the song does not have lyrics. All these songs are on my playlist to the right.
~More food for thought~
Would you like to turn back time? How many of us would really like to go back and re-live our past? Not me! There are sweet, tender moments in my life that I would love to re-live, like my wedding day, or the birth of my children and the feelings that I had the first time I held them in my arms. But, time marches on, and we live in the present, not the past! I know so many people who get caught up in the past, not wanting to change, or grow old, or move on. I try to live in the present, remember the past and embrace the future. I know that there will be lots of happy times, and sad times and times when I would just as soon live in the past, but . . . I'm looking forward to so many good things! I love antiques, old music, old photographs, and would never want to forget anyone who I have loved and lost. To know the past isn't always the same as it is to reflect upon and understand it. It's wonderful to embrace the past, but not live in it. I have learned some really valuable lessons from my past, and I have no intention on repeating them, those lessons have made me who I am today - and today, I am learning to like who I am.
"I chase the sun and catch it, then
I let it chase me back again.
It captures me, but I don’t care;
I’m always happy in the air."
~Susan Noyes Anderson~