As we slowly wind down another year, thoughts can turn to the quick passage of time, trying to remember if you achieved any of your New Year’s resolutions, reminiscing over the year’s event or sadness at the passing of another year. After a feverish week with a cold and having flashbacks to 1979 after catching up on the first six episodes of season two of Fargo, it felt like a wonderful time of year to remember some unique generational past memories that unite us and remind us of loved ones. It is funny that the stories you remember hearing from your grandparents and parents in childhood that seemed so old-fashioned are now playing out in real-time in your own life. As with all passage of time, one can wonder if the stories have been exaggerated over the years. I don’t know if you have heard or witnessed, but supposedly at one time gasoline cost .15 cents, instead of carrying a phone in their pocket people use to share a party line, milk was delivered in bottles to the front door and a world existed without computers and the internet. It is possible in your lifetime, you may have heard stories of a grandfather walking ten miles through snow on snowshoes to school or your parents walking five miles through snow along the railroad tracks to school. Seems rather boring when I have to tell my Yorkie, Gabby, as we pass a school bus while out driving around that I only walked through snow to the bus stop. I find it as hard to imagine my grandparents growing up watching silent films, like Safety Last! with the iconic clock scene, as the fact that I can vaguely remember the original viewings of Home Alone celebrating 25 years, The Breakfast Club and Back to the Future celebrating 30 years, and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back celebrating 35 years. Sometimes the passage of time can be viewed in technological amazement as memories of parents reminiscing about growing up without a television and spending evenings listening to radio programs and the following generations transitioning from televisions with six channels and eight-track tapes to cable television and a Sony Walkman into a new world of vinyl, 60 inch televisions and unlimited streaming of music, movies, and television shows on iPods, phones, tablets and computers.
On days we find ourselves viewing the passage of time with thoughts of aging, regrets or loss, all it takes is a simple moment to take us back in time to cherished memories of enjoyment. Driving by a classic car may bring back memories of your first car, watching sports may trigger memories of the first time you saw your favorite athlete play for the championship, a morning walk could bring tears to your eyes as you remember teaching your child to ride a bike and, at the holidays, an old stove reminds you that you have never tasted a pie as great as the ones made by your grandmother. The days of dreaming of glory days or wishing we grew up in a different time can quickly be replaced with a kaleidoscope of stories and memories that celebrate our unique passage of time.