Do you remember when families use to have dinner together every night - & they were big home made dinners - always hot & yummy?
Do you remember when you could care less about what time it was as a child - you just had to watch the street light to know it was time to go home? And do you remember that the street light came on during the best part of a kickball game?
Do you remember being sick & staying in bed all day long & having your parents take care of you? Do you remember what it was like to have your mom or dad wipe your head & make you feel better just by being there knowing they would do whatever it took to make you feel better?
Do you remember when hanging out with girlfriends & giggling till the middle of the night was the funnest thing you could ever do?
Do you remember that first time you got your drivers license & all you wanted to do was drive on your own? And it was scary those first few times? And then you felt so grown up - you could go anywhere you wanted...as long as mom & dad said it was ok....
Do you remember your grandmother's cooking? There was always something she made that was the best thing in the world. In my family - Thanksgiving meant Mama's Dumpling's....Do you remember everyone else trying to make that dish but its just never the same?
Do you remember having your first "crush" & having your heart broken? Thinking that there could never be anyone has perfect for you as this 16 year old boy? That you really believe you have felt love & that no one "understands" - oh, how funny is that now?
Do you remember the first day you were graduated from school & you didnt have anywhere you had to be? How that feeling was reviving but scary because now you had to figure out what to do with your life?
Do you remember all the emotions of your wedding day - the excitement & joy in an event? How you walked down the aisles with so many hopes & dreams of what Marriage would be like?
Do you remember what it felt like to experience death of a loved one? The raw pain & helplessness it makes you aware of - that there is nothing you can do sometimes but let go of people that you love?
Do you remember events in your life that you wish you would have listened to someone's opinions? When you thought for sure you were doing the right thing only to have it be such an incredibly bad choice. Do you remember those events daily wishing you could just go back in time & change them?
Do you remember what it felt like to hold a baby that is just a few minutes old in your arms? To hold something so fragile & see their face & wonder what their life is going to be like?
Do you remember what life was like before the grace & mercy of Jesus came into it? How life with no hope was just a life of despair - but the newness of life that comes with Jesus can give you joy like no other?
Am I the only one who remembers these things?