‘Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’
~Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I have learned that lesson quite powerfully in my almost 41 years. It seems like yesterday I was in high school driving the streets of the town in which I now reside. This town has taken on a whole new character from what I remember as a high school student and student of Suzuki Violin Method. It’s hard to realize now the same year my bride was born was the same year I began violin lessons at the high school in Granite Falls, Minnesota with the occasional lesson at our instructor’s home in Montevideo.
I will tell you, life moves by in a blur. I remember growing up on the farm by Echo, Minnesota. My dad was younger than I am now. By the time my dad was my current age, he was raising a family of six children with our mom on the farm. And each one of us now would say our life was truly a blessing. But, somewhere, we all got our own lives and so busy. It’s hard to get all six kids and our parents in the same room anymore.
I still remember Christmases when my sister (which one will remain anonymous to protect her innocence in the events) unwrapped and then professionally rewrapped all of our presents. It was used as leverage for chores. I remember the Challenger explosion. One of my other sisters was home sick from school that day. I believe she was in 6th grade? Yes, January 26th, 1986. We were a family of five kids for a few months more at that point in time. Seems like yesterday. That same year, that same sister who was home sick, took time away from her birthday party (or maybe it was just hanging out with her friends at our home) to pull me around on the sled! Not many sisters will do that!
I remember so many little things about my childhood and the last 41 years, but most of it is a blur. I know that happens to all of us. There isn’t one of us who can remember every single moment of our lives from birth until whatever stage we may be in now. Life can become a blur even if we don’t allow it to. That’s why we need to capture every moment we can and embrace the memories and share them so they won’t fade.