This post was originally published here on the Blind Pig in 2008. At that time I was wondering how my little girls had turned into middle schoolers. The girls start their final year of high school this week. I'm proud of what they've accomplished-but my how fast 12 years of school has flown by.
We all go back, in our minds, to different moments of time. Happy times, sorrowful times, bittersweet times-doesn't matter which-at some point they all call us back to them.
Lately my mind has fallen back to the days when Chatter and Chitter were smaller. Back to the days of wearing pantyhose on their head.
When I was an overwhelmed stay at home mom of 2 rambunctious girls who never for one moment stopped their busyness or their talking, I sometimes longed for the day they would grow up and give me some peace.
One day when I was having a bad day, Pap said "If all I had to do was stay home with 2 little jewels-I'd never complain." Pap was right. Those days spent with my little jewels were without a doubt some of the best days of my life.
I suppose my mind has chosen to wander back to those days due to the ever increasing speed with which the girls are hurtling themselves towards adulthood. I recall thinking middle school was eons away-now I'm realizing high school will be here in the blink of an eye.
Gone are the days of wanting to be the mud pie making champion of the world. Those dreams have been replaced with wondering who might ask them to the winter formal this year. I wish I could pinpoint the exact moment the change took place-but I can't because its so gradual you don't even notice. That's how our mind works. Not remembering changes that link together like water in a stream-but instead drawing us back to specific times and events that stand out like beacons calling to us from the past.
I have an absolute jewel (to borrow Pap's word) for this week's Pickin' & Grinnin' In The Kitchen Spot. It's Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley a beautiful song that talks about going back to a place in time.
Readers have asked me to give a shout out to the folks who show up in my videos. In this video there is Pap (my father), Paul (my brother), Mark on mandolin (my nephew), and Ben on guitar (my nephew).
(*Before you watch the video you need to stop the music player-the music controls are along the top of this page on the far left side-just under the Blind Pig logo. Click the center round button to stop the player.) *For those of you who have trouble viewing the video-go straight to youtube to see it by clicking here.
I hope you enjoyed the great old song and the outstanding 2-part harmony. Leave me a comment and tell me what your mind has been drawing you back to lately.