Today, we head out from Chicago making our way around the southern part of Lake Michigan on our way to Grand Rapids where our daughter Jessica and her husband Chris live. It has been a great few days with Josh and Bethany! We have had some very rich conversations that have been transparent and honest and life giving!
One of those conversations happened yesterday at Giordano’s pizza, one of the famous pizza places in Chicago. This was my choice. I had to have some real Chicago style pizza before we left the Windy City!! It takes about 35-40 minutes to fix these monsters that put the “thick” in the phrase “deep dish!” The cheese is so prevalent that it creates multiple strings from the pizza pan to your plate….Wow, is it ever good! I don’t know what it is about pizza but my body will crave it after so many days.
At a nearby table sat a young family with two young boys. The youngest was probably about 9 months old and kept making “goo goo” eyes at us. The other one was probably 2 and was a bit more reserved. Sitting across from my son and daughter-in-law and seeing this young family, I naturally get nostalgic and soon stories begin to pour out about days long past when Josh was and his sisters were much younger. Bethany added stories of her own. Some of these stories bring smiles and some are tough to remember.
Here’s the thing. I enjoy reminiscing but I enjoy more the present realities. I don’t want to just think about the “good ol‘ days” but also consider how I can experience my kids here and now as young adults. And by the way, those days back then weren’t perfect. There are great things coming my way….today! There are new experiences and new ways to relate to those around me! And yes, as good as Giordano’s was, I am pretty confident I will want to eat pizza again sometime soon!!
…but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race… Philippians 3:13 NLT