Thursday, September 15, 2011
Seasons of Life
They begin in your childhood...memories.
These times for me...were with my grandparents. Each year my sister and I would visit them. Sometimes both of us...or separate for our own special visit.
I'm the one in the photo with my grandfather wearing a King hat. I don't recall why...but, that's what Grandparents do for their little g'kids... just go along with the kids and be one too!
I loved this place called "Fairyland". It still exist and so nice to know it has not changed much. The dragon that greeted us is different...and a few other attractions, but, overall the same wonderful childhood place to explore and learn.
We entered through the "Old Woman's Shoe"... and onto the dragon to pull his tongue and hear his greeting. We climbed on the back and tried to walk the length from tail to head.
We would place a key given at the entrance in little boxes to play a story and song that went with the theme of the display. The schoolhouse played "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and the little lamb was there to pet...or "The Three Pigs" and three live little pigs.
Willie the Whale's staircase led to a big walled aquarium at the bottom of the stairs. I had a plastic Willie the Whale bank...sure wish I had it now!
I loved eating the PINK POPCORN...taste just like a popcorn ball only colored and square. I always looked forward to that treat. It only taste good then. Every feel that way? It's the place or people with you that even makes a flavor just more enjoyable.
Sometimes when I'm outside...the smell of the air brings me back to these times with my grandparents..AMAZING..how time comes back ...for a moment.
What did I learn from this experience in my life?
As I look back now...it was a time of security with people I could trust and knew they loved me. I had no fears...at THAT moment. I'm sure that is why we sometimes keep those "moments" and recall them often. We loved that time in our life.
A reminder...of how in our hearts, that is what we truly desire in life.
Peace, security and love.
Moments and seasons...that speak to our hearts.
What did I learn...then, I remember how thankful to be. My mom was a single mother working to raise two girls. My grandparents made up for some of the "times" she couldn't afford. They gave me happy moments to remember.
Do you give people in your life HAPPY MOMENTS to remember?
Think of each time you are with family or friends and what you left them with in those moments together.
I have a little saying whenever I am doing something special or new with someone..I tell them.."we're making memories"!!!
I did that this weekend on a short visit out of state to see dear friends in Christ... and today, here at home with another Sister in Christ...going to lunch in a quaint little eatery "THE COTTAGE" and after lunch sharing a yummy dessert and strolling through some local shops in a nearby town. Just peaceful, secure and yes with love..both loving the LORD and having the blessedness of his Fellowship with us.
As a child..in that Season, the innocence of being with my grandparents gave me a warm secure memory to keep in my heart.
Today...the memory of the fellowship with a dear Christian friend...THIS DAY ..THIS SEASON...gave me a warm, secure blessing of more to come.
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore.
THIS IS THE DAY...I thank the LORD for the moments in our Seasons of life that stay in our hearts and bring joy.