Monday, January 5, 2009
Moving Forward in the New Year and Glancing Back at the Memories
Here's a photo of Peggy from Musings of Meggie and me in Illinois some 30 years ago at a village 4th of July parade. Our children are in front of us in their 4th of July festive wear and decorated trikes.
I remember my mother-in-law telling me around that time that we should treasure every moment of our lives because it passes so quickly. "My body has aged," she said in almost disbelief, "but my thoughts, my feelings are still 16." Her words have haunted me ever since.
I'm going to be 60 this year although my mother still seems to think I'm 6 years old. Peggy and I had comfortably crossed over into our 30's when that photo was taken. We thought we'd always be neighbors loving our lives as stay-at-home moms, watching our children navigate the mysteries of the world. We thought our children would grow up together. We joked about our children getting married.
Some years later, I would go back to work as a teacher and Peggy and her family would move to California. They would then move to Ohio. It still seemed so far away. Then she would move a little closer to central Illinois but I would then move back to Hawaii.
Thirty years have gone by but on my office wall is a plaque she gave me then that says, "Friends are Forever."
My mother-in-law's words are echoing through me now as we have soared into another new year that already feels like it's flying by even faster than the last. I'm wondering what I should be doing to make the most of the years ahead. I'd like to know how I can slow it down.