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It wasn't that long ago...

Sunday, September 01, 2013

By definition, anything I remember "wasn't that long ago".

I remember stories of WWII when I was a kid, since every man on the block had served, but since I was born in 1949, I had no first hand knowledge of the time. I vividly remember Vietnam, my first husband served there while I was home with our first baby, yet WWII seems like a million years ago while Vietnam seems like just yesterday.

When I think of all the things that have happened between a long ago time in my life, and now, it seems like a long time. But my vivid memories of the time or event make it seem like it just happened. I remember high school, and the misery of not fitting in because I was the fat girl with half a tooth, and I so clearly remember kids treating me badly, but when I go back to reunions, they have all grown up into wonderful people. I lost my weight shortly after high school, and they barely remember that I was fat. Time sure does smooth over rough edges if you let it.

I would love to have the energy of my younger self, I'd love to have decades of promise ahead of me, but I wouldn't want to be my young self again. Even if it just wasn't that long ago.
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    I would change several things if I went back. I was small in high school. I gained weight later, but I have lost it.
    1634 days ago
    Yes....for the most part...however if I could
    I would change a couple things.

    1635 days ago
    It is funny how some things seem like just yesterday. My 30th high school reunion was last month. I didn't go but seeing pictures posted on facebook brought back memories.

    I was the shy, wallflower. It's funny how it all comes back like it was just last year.

    Great blog!
    1635 days ago
    We are almost the same age!
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    Great food for thought
    1636 days ago
    What a thought-provoking blog. I too muse often about the inconsistencies of time...our perception of the speed with which it passes. Some afternoons seem to take forever to end while the years seem to go by in the blink of an eye.
    1636 days ago
    Very thought provoking. My 40-year reunion is coming up next June, and it has been awhile since we last got together. I recall, as you do, how great some people have turned out, but I also still recall being snubbed by the popular girls way back when since I was a nerd that had to ride the bus to school. And I also recall from the last reunion the grudges some first-time attendees brought with them. I am hoping next year will have only happy memories.
    1636 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Great blog and I can relate to so much of what you are just a year younger than I.
    I love how you said, "Time sure does smooth over rough edges if you let it." I hadn't thought of it that way, but YOU are RIGHT! Thank you for helping me realise it.

    Have a wonderful day today and holiday tomorrow!
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