I was feeling it a lot today so I looked up the definition to see if the word I had in mind fit, it did.
It happens to us all especially at this time of year. I guess it’s because I know that Thanksgiving is coming up next week and thinking about that evokes so many memories. I remember riding half the night to get to where my grandparents lived, being carried in and put on a pallet on the floor and having the covers tucked in around me while the adults whispered greetings. Getting up the next morning to see the women already in the kitchen cooking while my grandmother told everyone what to do. My mother was her main helper and usually still had her hair in pin curls with a scarf tied around it. Mama put the green beans on about as early as the turkey and they cooked all day! Imagine my surprise when I grew up and started cooking for myself that I found out green beans cook in as little as eighteen minutes, and you don’t really need to put a Coca Cola in them to make them taste good! Then there were the times our families gathered in the fellowship hall of one of our churches and everyone brought their best dish and most importantly the desserts, in our family we were all sweet-a-holics.
Today I thought of something my dad used to say and I found myself understanding why. He would say, “There are more of my friends and loved ones in heaven than there are left here on earth, I am about ready to go see them!” I thought of that while I was listening to a song and thinking of someone special that has gone to heaven, today is his birthday and I miss knowing that he is occupying space on this earth even though I didn’t get to see him often I knew he was alive and well. The Bible says, 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
To all the loved ones who will not be around the Thanksgiving table this year I say to you that I am a little jealous that you have already made the transition and are around the table with the Lord.
So what was the word? Maybe you can identify, it is “Nostalgia” and the definition says, “pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again.”
I do, don’t you?