Another week has come and gone, and here we are now in the last week of July, 2014. Has this summer flown by or what? Most schools start in 2-3 weeks. That’s just crazy to me. I remember in my school days we ALWAYS started the day after Labor Day. Watching the Jerry Lewis Telethon was the ritual of the day. We would stay up until midnight (the beginning of Labor Day) and see who would fall asleep first. Watching Jerry Lewis sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” towards the end of that Labor Day show signaled the finale was at hand. It was also the formal ending of summer. Well the days of school starting then have gone the way of the telethon-sad. Easy come, easy go.
Nothing ever stays the same does it? It has been said that the only permanent thing in life is change (not sure who said it, Google it yourself)! My maternal great grandmother was 104 when she died. It boggles my mind to think of the changes that she saw and went through. She tried to drive one time and as the story goes, “rolled the car and never attempted driving again.” She gardened, canned what she grew, and crocheted. It disheartens me to think that the “art” of canning may soon be a lost one. Easy come, easy go.
Even one such as myself at my young age has seen many changes technologically. I took typing 1,2, & 3 in high school and learned on the old IBM typewriter-what a dinosaur! I have NOT mastered the art of this thumb typing thing on the smart phones. Speaking of phones-how about that old rotary dial with the six foot long cord that everyone in the house had to share (in harvest gold)? Easy come, easy go. I am also young enough to have experienced the inception of video games via the great game of “Pong.” I saved my quarters for that one! Some of the best teenage memories are of those spent at the arcade playing Pac-Man, Galaga, and Asteroids. We actually interacted socially with real live people then! Now I guess you can play video games with anyone in the world and social media has replaced real life socializing. Easy come, easy go.
The town I live in is named after the many “springs” that were once in operation here. There was even a million dollar “Hall of Waters” built and opened in 1937 that piped in ten of the waters from the springs. People came from all over the world to partake of the healing properties of the waters. There were several clinics & bath houses opened that were devoted to therapeutic treatments internally and externally from the waters. It really is quite fascinating to delve into the history. But like so many other things that are beneficial, bureaucratic BS shut the springs down (people actually professed to be healed for goodness sakes)! I have my own opinion as to why they were shut down but for sake of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist” I will refrain from divulging it. At any rate, the driving force that created and made this town thrive is no more. Easy come, easy go.
I mentioned last week how I was going to do some lightening up and cleaning out-something I have extreme trouble with. I get emotionally attached to things (crazy I know). I guess I associate certain things to memories. I took a huge step and got rid of a lot of old nursing magazines and textbooks. I hadn’t opened them in years, and it was time. I had to convince myself that giving them up was not going to take away my nursing license, lol! Easy (costly) come, (not so) easy go.
One of the saddest things ever (according to Stephanie) are the people who come and go in our lives-by death which is inevitable (and some way too soon), and by choice. Those who leave by death have no choice (suicide excluded). Those who leave by choice have their reasons. Friends move away. Some keep in touch, some don’t. Some leave without saying goodbye no matter how good of friends you have been. How many friends have you actually kept in touch with since High School or College? It really is quite rare. Even sadder are the family members who disappear by choice…somehow thinking that there is always tomorrow. That is NEVER easy go for those they leave with no explanation. Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross practiced general medicine in Switzerland before coming to this country. She began her work with the dying while teaching psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She said this:
It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth-and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up-that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
I intend to live each day to the fullest of my ability, God willing. I want to celebrate with others, spread joy, and honor their accomplishments. Last week I celebrated my mom’s 76th birthday, realizing there may not be too many left.
This Friday is my youngest son’s birthday. The years have certainly flown by. Happy 25th birthday Chad!
All grown up and married and we still have a good time:
I understand that today is Sandra Bullock’s birthday as well. She is probably my favorite actress of the 21st century. She has joined “club 50” with the rest of us 1964 babies! I’m in good company. I like what she said:
I’ve made peace with the fact that the things that I thought were weaknesses or flaws were just me. I like them.
Well said Sandra, well said. As of today, I have put in 153 running miles for the month and 912 for the year. Nineteen days until my goal marathon…chasing Boston gold. I don’t intend to go down with the “societal aging ship.” Probably wasn’t easy for my mother bringing me into this world and I’m not going to go out easy either! Fifty (and beyond) is fabulous! Don’t EVER let anyone tell you any different!
Until we meet again,