Monday, February 9, 2009

The Good Ole Days

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.
Remember those?

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?


  1. Great post mom! I miss my 3 hours naps, being able to get up when I want, nursing my baby, playing softball, my hair (pre-pregnancy growth), meals ready for me on the table when I got home from practice, family vacations, the list goes on and on. I am sure I will come up with some more once I think about it.

  2. The book mobile? Did people really use the book mobile?

    The things I miss....My dad coming home from work, when I was really young, and reaching into his pocket to find Swedish fish. I miss goofing off with my sisters at church (I think we made many teachers mad). The long long summer days in Idaho, I dream about them often. Most of all, I miss family.....we are moving again in two weeks, and I dream about moving close to family. Maybe this will happen someday.

  3. Sarah-
    Are you moving to Temecula? I heard that you might. If not, where?

    And, yes, the bookmobile came to my neighborhood when I was a kid. I loved it! Nothing better than a portable library.

  4. Yes Pandy, we are moving. Who moves from HUNTINGTON BEACH to temecula? We do. We found a place to rent for a couple of months while we get to know the area. We'll buy a house a little later this summer or fall. I'm excited for my kiddos to have some grass to run around on, but we'll definitely miss the beach.

  5. Sarah -

    We're almost neighbors. You'll probably meet some people we know. Quite a few young couples in our ward have moved up there.

    Hopefully, we can see each other more often.

  6. Great post. I've missed your posts recently! Oddly, I sometimes miss the uncertainty and sometimes melancholy of youth/college years. Life is very settled and safe and figured out these days. That's great, but there was something frighteningly beautiful about the uncertainty.

  7. Ashey-
    Teaching 4 classes has me so busy, I hardly have time for anything. I'm trying to keep up with posts, but that sometimes lands a little low on the to do list.
    I understand what you're talking about. I almost included college - including the classes, tests and all. There is something enticing about not knowing what comes next. 24 years ago when I was slaving away in graduate school I never would have imagined missing it!! It's fortunate that time blurs our memories - often leaving only the good stuff.

  8. I am in college, let me remind you it sucks! There is no much to miss here, and if you think there is, you all are more crazy than i thought.

    I miss Snicker doodles. And knowing when I was going to graduate.

  9. I miss the long summers as a child, playing with siblings and cousins (riding your two story bike with Kelly with one of us riding in the baby seat and crashing!) I miss the anticipation of back to school and school clothes shopping (The Nordstrom sale!) I miss beach vacations, the magic of lagoon and Disneyland, the magic of holidays as a child, I miss eating whatever I wanted, I miss college, hanging out with roommates and only taking care of me. I miss young married life with Sam, being poor, but still using student loan money to fly to Arizona to see Bruce Springsteen in concert. I miss sleeping in on Saturdays as long as I wanted--I don't think I'll ever get to sleep in again. Heck, I would just be happy with sleeping through the night. I miss Ashley and not having her live here with her boys. I could go on all day...