Conversations with old friends can trigger a host of story ideas. Revisiting the events and happenings of yesteryear remind us of so many pivotal moments that we have shared with others. After these lengthy talks, reflective moments may inspire us to pick up our pens and add some funny, repressed detail to a literary work in progress.
One old friend and I laughed about our days in Georgia when we were so broke that having breakfast at McDonald’s was like dining on the French Riviera. That usually included a cup of coffee and a Danish. And, if we could afford a Big Breakfast, then, it was a really good day. We religiously played the bingo games which offered us a glimmer of hope in those lean, financial times! She and her husband recently drove pass that spot and she could truly sigh and say, “We’ve come a long way, baby!”
I also took a long hike down memory lane with another old friend the other day. We remembered having breakfast on the Chicago River after spending the morning at the spa. We laughed as we imitated one of our mutual friends who is no longer with us though she remains with us in Spirit. I can still hear her voice and wry sense of humor. After the conversation ended, so many story ideas rolled around and before I knew it, I was writing.
We all live life every day and we just keep bustling forward to stay afloat. But on occasion, it is good to pause, reflect and see how far we have come. Those days are gone, but they helped shape us into who we are right now. William Shakespeare wrote, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
We are still evolving and we welcome the opportunity to laugh, cry and share with those who walked with us for several seasons and over many miles. Then, after taking a brief look backward in the rear view mirror, we can clean off the windshield, pull out into the lane and head forth.
May 30, 2015