Saturday, June 1, 2013

Memory Lane...

I'm not a seasoned traveller, but of all the places in the world that I do love to go is a little tourist attraction called "Memory Lane".  It is a fascinating place and the older I get the richer and more meaningful my visits become.  Also, another interesting thing about Memory Lane as I age is that it somehow  keeps getting sweeter and more pleasant.
But there is a hidden danger...one I must guard against...

The more I go back to Memory Lane the more I want to live there!  It is a great place to visit and wonderful to talk about with family and friends, but it's not meant to live in. 

Memory Lane appears so appealing because it's filled with children of all ages, back yard BBQ's, fun family baseball games, swimming parties, gatherings of all kinds and endless laughter.  During the Christmas season there are delightful shopping trips to the mall, yuletide greetings, singing choirs, sweet smelling Christmas trees, joyful congregating at church and endless laughter. 

In fact, any season at Memory Lane can be filled with blissful and carefree moments...

and endless laughter.

However, like any tourist town, Memory Lane tries to deceive the average visitor and hides the other side of it.  The side you'll never see unless you purposely make a point of it. 

Where the young mother of four comforts her children because their daddy walked away for the last time, the aging widow who can't make ends meet must go to the food bank, the middle aged man that gets laid off his job after 20 years of loyal service or someones teenage daughter comes home pregnant the same day their young son gets expelled from school. 

These are some of the things Memory Lane doesn't want you to see so, it tempts you with the gregarious, glowing and ageless attractions.

Memory Lane's greatest desire is to lure you back and back and back...

It doesn't want you to even consider going anywhere else like; "Present Day" or "Future Plans".  So, beware of Memory Lane...

It is a great place to visit once in awhile, but...

don't get stuck there!