Nostalgia – The internet has been full of Patrick Swayze videos this week. I watched the dance screen from Dirty Dancing with Jennifer Grey. I forgot how young and hot he was. I also forgot how young and hot I was. (I thought those hormones were dead! Nope, still hovering in my body somewhere.) Keep in mind that I’m watching this video on my screen next to an ad that shows decrepit old hands with liver spots (and a solution to fix that). It was a contrast between youth and age. Maybe nature was reminding me that I shouldn’t do any leaps in my dances. Or quick turns.
Memories — I cleaned up my parent graves and planted flowers. Walking around I saw a couple of new graves for people I knew including one in the plot next to my family plot. So sad. However, the sadness didn’t stop me from harvesting beautiful large rounded stones for my pond. They must have been a result of the grave digging. The grave hadn’t been seeded yet but I’m thinking I helped them clean up!
Graduation – There is a high school graduation in our family this year. My grandniece’s son is graduating from high school. How does this happen? I remember when she was a child bouncing in an inner tube in the family pool. Now we are celebrating her son starting a new phase of his life.
Retirement – A dear friend is retiring. Friday was her last day of work. Another new phase and one that should bring peace and satisfaction (oh yes, and freedom!). Lunch? Shopping?
Holidays – For Memorial Day last weekend, I invited my brother and his wife over for a simple cookout, just the four of us. They are easy people (I don’t clean for them! No special dishes. Easy peasy.). My sister-in-law commented that my brother gets melancholy when they don’t have something scheduled for the holidays. It must run in the family because I get that too. When I was young we always had large family bashes, especially for the 4th of July with the extended family (of 60+ people). Those old memories tug at your heart when they are gone.
So how was your week?