Elder Holland's talk came to my mind today (the one Ashley posted) and I started thinking about the importance of looking to the future rather than the past. I had a birthday recently and that triggered some interesting memories. Even though I don't spend lots of time thinking about "what should have been", I do ocassionally dip my toe in the memory pool. So, appreciating the fact that I can't go back, here are some things that I've truly missed as I've grown older:
1. The excitement of Christmas morning as a child
2. Catching lightening bugs (fireflies) on a hot, sticky Southern night
3. My waist
4. The pure joy of nursing a sweet, new baby
5. Carefree summers where my greatest worry was making it home on time after the
street lights came on
6. The excitement of waiting for that cute boy to call and ask me out. On a date.
7. The smell of early mornings as I drove to Seminary
8. Long, curly hair
9. Thunder storms
10. Giving my kids baths
11. I Dream of Jeannie and Gilligan's Island
12. The group Chicago
13. Letters from friends in the mailbox. Remember those?
14. The Book Mobile
15. My Toyota Corona
16. Friday night parties with my YW/YM group
17. Brut cologne
18. Being the Tooth Fairy
19. The Salvation Army Santas on Hickory's mainstreet at Christmas time.
20. Christmas Specials - not movies.....the ones with Andy Williams and the Osmonds
21. Holding my babies in my arms for the first time
22. The smell of my Maw Maw's muffins baking in the oven
23. Fitting into size 4 clothes
24. When I could run and "not be weary"
25. My memory.
26. Valentine boxes stuffed with Valentines (especially in Miss Monroe's class)
27. My father's cooking
28. The plays the neighborhood kids would "produce" for the parents
29. Charles Chips (amazing potato chips delivered to your door!)
30. Dressing every year as a hobo for Halloween
I have an even longer list of things I DON'T miss. All in all I'd rather be the age I am than any other age. I guess that's a good thing. What do you miss?