It seems that when people my age get together they are soon talking about the good ol’ days when cold drinks were a nickle and much colder than today’s version.
Soon the stories start flowing about “cruisin,” and buying hamburgers for 15 cents and loud mufflers (or no muffler) or white wall tires.
From the guys there is always that story like picking up their sweetheart and taking her to Tallahassee to the show and stopping at the Tally-Ho for a milkshake.
Of course there is always talk about that game of baseball played in the car on the way home.
For the gals it’s a little different. They like to talk about the Romeos of the day, the screen idols who were larger than life and made them wish for such a person to come into their lives when they look back.
Some of them got lucky and found that fellow that swept them off their feet.
All in all most people look back on fond memories of friends and family and life.
But, life does not stand still, and time does march on.
The things that used to make you happy do not seem as important now, because other things have taken their place.
I heard a similar comment from some folks who had been to a 20-year class reunion.
Twenty years ago things like children, homes, school districts and jobs were not even in their vocabulary.
Now, however, it is what their lives center around.
Even that will change, I told them.
You see, like them, I thought the same way.
What was important to me 20 or 30 years ago has slowly been replaced by other issues of higher importance.
What happens to some of us, though, is over the years we let those important issues take over our lives and forget something that we started with back in the good ol’ days when Coke’s were a nickle.
Life back then was new and fresh. And, guess what? It still is; that is if you let it be new and fresh.