Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
I’m not a huge Dylan fan – but he really has a point.
Every once in a while – you have to take a moment to stop and be grateful for everything you have – right then and there – in that present moment. So many times we get caught up living in the past or looking towards the future. It fuels anger, creates anxieties and lessens our quality of life. In turn – our present moments – will someday be memories. Memories that you can never have again. Moments passing you by.
I’d prefer to have those solid memories and look onto them with happiness – knowing I appreciated them WHEN THEY WERE HAPPENING as much as I am appreciating recollecting them.
Recently, I lost a good high school friend of mine. He was part of our quintessential “clique” of teenage boys and girls. Hanging in parks and playing in (or in my case “watching”) garage bands, piggy back rides and first kisses, late night horror movies and prom dates. Some of us kept in touch, some went our separate ways. Joe and I hadn’t spoken in years – we had lost contact with each other – as people often do. But – I would often think of him from time to time. In pictures, videos or yearbook scribblings – I would think of how we’ve all turned into a gaggle of goofy and successful adults. Past discretions forgiven and nothing but coo’s and coddles for weddings, new homes, jobs and babies ….
Planning a Trip-cation is one of the most complicated things when you are a collector of all things living: like me. The difficulty – as Nick always points out to me – with traveling and hobby farming – is we’re not just packing up and skipping town for a week. We need to find responsible people who are willing to take up the challenge of watering acres of plants and caring for livestock. After we secured a cheap (payments in 6-packs and coozies only, if you please) pup-sitter (thank you, Ron) – we were off to find someone to watch and water the rest of the Funny Farm lot. Thankfully – the lovely ladies at Penny’s Petals (thanks Jen and Casey) came through – as always – and offered to take care of our garden, flowerbeds, hanging plants, house plants and, of course, the goats …
With everyone situated and in responsible hands – Nick and I piled into the VW – bright and early on Saturday morning. Our intended plan was to head down to OBX via two days with a one night stop-over in Norfolk, VA. We figured it would allow for more opportunities to stop and sight see on the way. Lucky for us – Nick’s knack for planning came through for us again. After a much-needed detour to the Waffle House in Odessa, DE (my father’s penchant for greasy breakfast food on vacation – is also very much instilled in me) – we continued steadfastly on Rt.13. We weren’t even 3 hours into our trip – before we were boxed in (at a traffic light) by two VERY impressive classic cars.
Ford Fairlane – “Georgia Peach”