Journey Down Memory Lane & Back
Mixed emotions. That is what I have been experiencing lately. Like a roller-coaster, up on minute, down the next. Funny how going down memory lane can bring back emotions as if you were back in that time. It kind of wears you out to be up one moment and then deeply saddened in the very next one.
My daughter and her husband were in town for the weekend. The trip was quick and of course it went by way too quickly! We have always been close – and this move has been rough on both of us. No more dropping in on each other or calling and saying “let’s do lunch” anymore. So we go from being anxious for days building up to their arrival – to great joy when they get here – and then a crash when they have to leave again. It’s like mourning all over again. Each time.
One thing for sure – we definitely appreciate our time together. We value family and never take each other for granted. My family has always been close and will always have each others’ back no matter what happens. I never have understood how people can get ticked off at another family member and then simply cut off all ties. That’s so sad!
Going down memory lane has been a bit more difficult on me lately. We all take a stroll into our past from time to time. Maybe it’s a song that you used to listen to when you were younger. Or you see a book you read. And maybe you run into an old classmate. Whatever it is – it slams you right back into that time period for a few moments.
I find that Facebook has brought about a lot of those little strolls. Whenever I re-connect with someone from my past. The older I get – the more I value and appreciate those connections. There are a few connections that surprise me. They are the ones that humble me for various reasons.
Recently I reconnected with my first love. I thought of him a lot through the years and often wondered whatever happened to him. I honestly wasn’t sure that he was even alive as he was a mess the last time I ran into him. As a matter of fact, after talking with him that night so long ago – I remember telling my friend I didn’t think he would live long. So it has been a real joy to see that he did make it – and that his life is good. My emotions run high with this experience though.
I guess it’s the Fibro Fog again – but for the life of me I cannot recall the specifics of why I broke up with him – other than being young and dumb. He tells me that I was the only one to break his heart. And that makes me feel really awful. Yes, we were young and it’s all part of life….but that is no real excuse. I regret that I caused him pain. I regret that I didn’t know what I was doing back then. And in some ways I regret letting him go.
It seems we both have lived through a lot. Gone through tough times and survived. For that I am grateful. I really enjoy chatting with him and getting to know him all over again. However, with that brings a lot of mixed feelings. I find myself being like a school girl anxiously awaiting to hear from him again. And at the same time – we live totally different lives in different cities. Too much time has passed and we are different people now. We can’t go back. So then I feel like an idiot, ya know?
I’m sure it is the reminiscing about what used to be. And what could have been. And being single again. But as mentioned in past blog posts – I have no intentions of getting into another relationship other than simple friendship. So what the heck is up with my crazy emotions?!
At any rate – I am thankful for the people God has placed in my life. And for the special times/connections that I have. I am thankful that God has always had my back…..after all we are family.
Speaking of God having my back…I have been experiencing much favor of late. I believe the reason is not that I’m ‘doing’ the right thing now – as that would be relying on my works rather than His grace. But rather that I am believing that He has already provided everything I need and so much more. I only have to learn to receive His gifts!
So thank You, Father for always being there for me and mine!