Life is full of great moments and I had one today. Some friends and I were talking about buying Christmas presents for our children and how overwhelming it could be. Then T said “Remember when all you really wanted for Christmas was a bike?”
Remember when everyone in the neighborhood had to have a bike. And if you didn’t have one, you were riding on the back or sitting on the handlebar. I remember getting my bike for Christmas. (and the hell of having my father try to teach me to ride it.)
But I learned and rode with my friends who had bikes. We would ride fast with the wind in our hair. We would pretend to be bus drivers or race car drivers. There was a hill where I lived so it was always a challenge to get down the hill and still be upright on your bike.
And then T said “Then everyone wanted roller-skates.”
And so did we. This was before helmets, knees pads and etc. I remember my sister and I in our bright new white skates with the cousins skated to the store. When we was almost at the store, this big dog jumped out barking. Baby we was like those Fred Flintstones feet. (Running as fast as we can but going nowhere.) (Although my sister did fall on broken glass and hurt herself) But we made it through.
T reminded us of the Walkman and that Boombox with a record button. You could put your cassette tape in and record yourself singing. Beautiful memories.
My pastor said we should give our kids memories, not more stuff. He was right. I have great memories, as jacked up as some of them are. I wouldn’t trade them. Go make memories.