Yesterday Bev and I celebrated our 49th anniversary. Our plans were hampered somewhat by rain, but it was great being able to spend the day together without distractions. My mind was flooded with memories as I thought back over the years. When I got up this morning my mind was on the word “Time”.Let’s talk about it:
TIME CHANGES PEOPLE: I thought about this on several occasions yesterday. It was on my mind as I limped through the mall because of a bum knee. I even had my trusty old cane in the car in case it got worse. I thought about it as I looked at a rock-climbing wall and commented–“I used to be able to do that!” I thought about it as I tried to run through the rain to get the car–I moved at a snail’s pace! I especially thought about it when I forgot where I was parked! Yeah, I really did, and to make matters worse Bev was watching (and laughing) from the restaurant as I made repeated circles searching for the car. Well, that’s enough about that. The bottom line is “I ain’t the man I used to be”.An old song says,”Time has made a change in me.” Boy, is that ever true!Bev, on the other hand, is still as beautiful as ever. Something about that just isn’t fair.
TIMES HAVE CHANGED: Not only have I changed, the world has changed. It has changed a lot, and not for the better, since we got married. In all fairness I must admit that we were not perfect little angels as teenagers. There’s never been such a generation. But any equally fair-minded person would have to agree that things have gone from bad to worse. It grieves my heart to see what has happened to the nation I love over the last half-century. It’s not the same and it’s not better. We raised eight kids and never gave a second thought about it, but I’ve got to be honest – thinking about bringing children into this present situation is a scary thought (and “no,” I’m not promoting birth- control). I’m just saying, our nation is in a mess.
TIME WILL CEASE. Reflecting on the years gone by reminds me that I have less time to live than at any point in my life. Every day brings me closer to that time when time shall be no more. The door of opportunity is closing fast. As I look back I can think of a lot of things I wish I had done differently, but I can’t change that. All I can do now is to try to live in such a way so as to not produce anymore regrets. I have no regrets about marrying my wife, but I have plenty regarding the way I treated her during those early years. Hopefully I will do much better in the closing years.
TIME TO QUIT. Hopefully, my rambling will serve to remind someone that life is short and time is passing fast. Do what you can while you can to express your love for others. Don’t wait until it is too late. You just never know when you will celebrate your last anniversary. Tell that special someone how much you love them today. THINK ABOUT IT!