“Will your restless heart come back to mine on a journey through the past? Will I still be in your eyes and on your mind?” ~ Neil Young
They say when you have a child you begin to flash back to your own childhood, with memories creeping in that have long been forgotten. Around the time the Bean was 5, vivid memories came rushing back of my life in my childhood home on Choctaw Lane in Ohio. On my birthday a week ago, the Bean had a birthday party of her own to attend for a friend who was turning 10. I began to reminisce about my childhood birthday parties on Choctaw Lane; parties my mother so joyfully threw for me every summer. No party themes, no menu, no Disney characters on hand to entertain and no rules on who must be included on the guest list. The guests were simply the neighborhood kids, menu of ice cream and cake, and games of pin the tail and dropping clothes pins in a jar. The gifts were so awesome (and cheap). I remember clinging to a slinky during most of the party; to this day one of my favorite birthday gifts of all time. We would swing on our swings, run around the neighbor’s cornfield chasing the chickens, do cartwheels, ride bikes and just play.
40 years later, kids have Alice in Wonderland tea parties with the Mad Hatter as the guest of honor, race go carts, indoor skydive, attend events at country clubs and travel on ski trips. The party the Bean attended was a murder mystery ~ Clue ~ themed party. She had a script, a costume and was beyond excited for the event. We wouldn’t have had a “clue” back in the day how to even approach a party like this. So, maybe some of these parties are over the top. Life, in general, today is over the top.
You might think I’m now going to say “I miss the good old days”; the days when life was simple. Well, I’m not and I don’t. Indeed, the memories are lovely; however, I’m thrilled to be a part of the changing times. I am in awe of the children of this generation. These kids define our future. They are smart, kind, globally aware and conscientious! They don’t need to be convinced that our planet is in danger. They know it and are eager and willing to help fix the damage caused by their predecessors.
So, 40 years later the small child attended her friend’s birthday party and successfully solved the murder mystery while I sat with friends drinking a martini or two and sharing stories about the good old days (not really 🙂 Life is good ♥