It Seems Like Yesterday…

My wife Mary and I re-watched the mini-series “Lonesome Dove” last week. I loved that show and it got to me like it did the first time I saw it. The ending still choked me up as the “Captain” remembers how all his friends are gone.

Sad stuff! Even sadder was the realization that this made for TV min-series was first shown in 1989. No way, it has been 22 years since I first saw it. It seems like yesterday!

“Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future…” These are the words from the 70’s hit song, “Fly Like an Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band. The song may be old now but the words are so true!

I can hardly believe it is August already. It feels like yesterday I was turning the calendar to July and now it is over. Kids are going back to school. Summer is almost over. You couldn’t tell it by the 105 degree plus weather we are still having out here in the valley but it is true.

What really is uncanny is how quickly time seems to move in my life. I feels like yesterday that I was listening to the aforementioned song in our car (probably on an 8-track player) on my way to pick up my date.

It seems like yesterday when I was heading toward college and planning my life. It seems like yesterday when I saw this certain young lady (I think we used the term “chick” back then) crossing the campus and she made my heart miss a beat.

It seems like yesterday that I was waiting for that same “hot” lady to walk down the aisle so that I could promise her the world. It seems like yesterday that each of our three kids were born and changed our lives forever.

It seems like yesterday when we moved from Indiana to Kansas, back to Indiana, to Kansas City, back to Indiana, then on to Michigan, back to Kansas City and finally to Phoenix, Arizona.

It seems like yesterday when we changed our kid’s diapers, watched them take their first steps, taught them to swim, sent them off to first grade, gave them money for each lost tooth, helped them learn how to drive, met their dates and waved goodbye to them as they headed off to tackle the world for themselves.

It seems like yesterday when we listened to the news spoken twice “It’s a boy” and we became grandparents for the first time!

It seems like yesterday when I first said “yes” to Jesus at the tender age of 9 and started the great adventure! It seems like yesterday when he taught me a new lesson… actually, I guess it was yesterday.

Time keeps on slipping. You can’t hold it in your hands. It will always leak out. So, I guess the key is to stop saying, “It seems like yesterday…” and start saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life!”

There is a whole lot of living left for me. When I think back on the memories of the past, they will still bring a lump to my throat. But, tomorrow has some new memories to make. Bring it on!

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