Thursday, March 08, 2007

Back to the Future

Do you ever wish you could go back in time? Punch a few buttons, and you're back at that pivotal moment when you could have gone this way--or that way? Where would you set the "way back" machine?

I don't think that way. Going forward is my way, but somehow in writing this blog, I am looking back. And people have said to me, "How do you remember all that stuff?" I don't know. I don't even know why I am looking back at all of those memories, except that it is what has woven me into what I am now. And I love stories.

See this Farrah Fawcett hair on this girl looking toward her future? Well, I don't feel as if I am much different from her. I still have the same personality and temperament. I still sparkle with amusement. I still flair with anger at injustice. I still talk with my eyes. (I used to have teachers and people tell me I had this trait.) My teeth have been straightened since then, and I have a scar under my lip on the left side now from a head-on collision that I surprisingly survived.

I feel a bit of change coming in this blog, however. I'm old (in case you don't know me, I look EXACTLY the same as this photo...) I am approaching my Year of Jubilee. On the one hand I am reaching forward, striving to that goal. On the other hand, well, who wants to be old? And sit around saying, "Heh, heh, I remember when I walked to class in Colorado hiking boots and a down-filled coat, uphill both ways, in the Blizzard of '78 and was glad to do it! I remember the Energy Crisis!" (Sheesh. There is nothing new under the sun.)

Some things are worse now for me. A lot of things are better. And I'm just happy to be here and glad that you are, too.


Delia said...

I think it's wonderful that you share your memories and your stories here on your blog. Those memories helped make you the wonderful person that you are. And you are an awesome storyteller. Most times when you share a memory/story I feel almost as if I were there.

By the way, I love the picture, especially the Farrah Fawcett hair!

Crystal Laine said...

Delia, You always make my day--no wonder I love it when you leave me a note!

And it's a crack up that you love the Farrah Fawcett hair (I was a Charlie's Angel, you know.) I also had Dorothy Hamill hair just three years before. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Dorothy Hamill I remember that! I loved her bob.

A local pizza place has these chunky wood tables that have been designed with old student photos, then sealed under a layer of resin. It's fun to see the different hairstyles for each year.

You're entering the best stage of life. A few years down the road when the grandkids roll in, you won't know how you lived without them. Each stage is beautiful. Trust me! Besides, you're still a kid...!