A Trip Down Memory Lane

Today instead of moving forward, I went back. Back into    the recesses of my memories. I went to go visit an old friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in over a year. Driving through my old stomping grounds I felt nostalgic.
It’s funny how a simple song, picture, or object can take you back to a different time. Our memories are powerful things indeed. The town I went to school in has changed quite a bit, familiar landmarks gone, old businesses shut down and new ones in their place. A few remembered still there, though with new faces.
My old school, that when I passed by, with just a glance, I automatically filled the empty plot of land with kids in my mind’s eye. Remembering what it was like 10 years ago. Rolling down a road that at least once a week, I made the trek to the store from my home, on my bicycle.
When I arrived at my friend’s house, we caught up on how our respective families have been. Spoke of where old friends and acquaintances are now, and sadly, those we have lost also. Suddenly realizing that in 5 short months we will have been out of school for a decade, which had me peering at my friend’s hair searching for gray. Nothing. Lucky him, I have a few white hairs on the side of my head at the ripe old age of 27, much to my chagrin and Casey‘s amusement.
We said our good-byes and parted ways with the promise of a future fishing trip, and as I left, my introspective nature kicked in. I haven’t stood still, so why did I expect the world I grew up in to stay locked in time? Nothing last forever so hold onto the memories, laugh at them, cry about them and learn from them.

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