The Good Old Days

I was thinking back longingly today about the good old days as a freshman/sophomore at Whittier High School.  Running track, flag twirling in the Color Guard, playing the trombone in the band, messing around with friends, being silly, making fun of people, and having a boyfriend (or three).  Good times.  Lots of good times.  Then I started to think about all the good times I had as a junior/senior at Rim of the World High School.  Dancing in drill team, messing around with new friends, pulling pranks, getting into serious discussions, going to dances, off-roading, and dating.  More good times.  Then I started to recall how much fun it was to be a freshman in college.  Out on my own, living in the dorms, messing around with brand new friends, going to sporting events, playing more pranks, staying up late talking, getting engaged.  Still more good times.  This led me to reminisce about how much of a blast I had being a young married couple in our first apartment.  Going to classes together, going out together, staying home together, going camping together, messing around together, doing other things together (ahem), and having our first baby.

I began to see a pattern.  I’ve had fun.  Always.  I can look back at each phase in my life and say that I had a great time.  Not every day, obviously.  Life has it’s ups and downs and some years have more downs than others.  But it seems that whenever I think about any given time in my life, it’s with longing for the fun and happiness that pervaded that time.  This made me realize that since I’ve been having fun at every phase of my life, I must be having fun right now, and that someday I will look back on these days as a really fun and joy-filled era.  What a shocking realization!  The present always seems so difficult and fraught with trials.  If only I could realize the fun moments while I am having them.

This epiphany has led me to vow to myself to see the fun that’s going on right now.  The hilarious things my little girls say, the oral report my oldest son gives, the comics my younger son draws, the getaways my hubby and I go on, the game nights and double dates with other couples, messing around with my newest friends, the fun time I have with my now-adult sisters, the field trips, the games of Flashlight Hide and Go Seek for Family Night, the blog I write, the friends I reconnect with on Facebook, and the deep and often heated debates I have with my husband.

Now is the Good Old Days and I can’t wait for the Good Old Days to come.

A night of Flashlight Hide and Go Seek

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  1. I love reading this blog! Thank you for your insight. I will try to remember this as my days get stressful! It is fun, It is fun, It is fun…my new mantra

  2. I love reading this blog! Thank you for your insight. I will try to remember this as my days get stressful! It is fun, It is fun, It is fun…my new mantra

  3. SO TRUE!!!! thanks for the reminder though. Isn’t it funny that often, somehow, some of the bad things we go through can get… not really forgotten, but can slip into the background of our memories, allowing mostly good things to be remembered. I do wish though that we were able to be a part or your current good/fun times! My kids still talk about Jarom and Jonah, Seth and Tori do anyway. We love your family.

  4. SO TRUE!!!! thanks for the reminder though. Isn’t it funny that often, somehow, some of the bad things we go through can get… not really forgotten, but can slip into the background of our memories, allowing mostly good things to be remembered. I do wish though that we were able to be a part or your current good/fun times! My kids still talk about Jarom and Jonah, Seth and Tori do anyway. We love your family.

  5. Not to creep you out or anything, but I actually had a dream last night that we DID come to see you. I dreamed that we rented a house down the road from you (even though I have no idea where your current house is!) and then just knocked on your door, surprised you and said, “we just baked this lasagna and wanted to share it with you guys.” I know… weird right, and pretty random?!?! We are going out to Idaho (with a couple of days in utah, seeing my Grandma and going to Lagoon) but that is as far as we are going this year. But our kids still talk about going back out to see you. (and the beach!! 😀 )
    Anytime you want to do a church History Tour, we are in the middle of it!

  6. Not to creep you out or anything, but I actually had a dream last night that we DID come to see you. I dreamed that we rented a house down the road from you (even though I have no idea where your current house is!) and then just knocked on your door, surprised you and said, “we just baked this lasagna and wanted to share it with you guys.” I know… weird right, and pretty random?!?! We are going out to Idaho (with a couple of days in utah, seeing my Grandma and going to Lagoon) but that is as far as we are going this year. But our kids still talk about going back out to see you. (and the beach!! 😀 )
    Anytime you want to do a church History Tour, we are in the middle of it!

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