Today is hot, for the first time in a week, and I'm still getting ready to walk to the store for a nice ice-cold diet coke.
This week's theme was nostalgia. It came about when I told Roben-Marie I was already working on two pages in my journal, two Very Important Pages, and wondered if we could use one as a theme?
You see, I was driving home last weekend, and decided to stop at one of my favorite places for lunch in the Old Neighborhood -- that moniker given to the place where you grew up. So as I was passing though, I thought, "Why don't I stop at my elementary school?"
Now, I left there over 15 years ago, but the moment that scent of wood-chips and summer heat washed over me, all these memories came back. I couldn't believe the place smelled the same as it did when I was little. And while equipment's been moved, added, and removed, there's still the swings (now off to the left) I used to love playing on and the mass of connected jungle-jim in blue and orange where I broke my nose in 5th grade. Cracked, rusting, and soft at the edges from over a decade of children running all over, it still stands as I remembered. The bar where people would flip over and through their arms (which still makes me go ick!). The weird monkey bars. The slide. Did you know there are bars at the top of slides? This is a detail I conveniently forgot when chasing the leader in Capture the Leader up the slide -- I ran into it full-force, broke my nose, and slid down the corkscrew into all the other kids behind me.
My nose hurts, sometimes, as a reminder. It's one of those crystal clear memories I'll have for the rest of my life.
Sitting down to journal after a week + of not was hard. I had to keep walking away. I feel out of practice. I'll have to fix this ASAP!
Enjoy your weekend!