Looking in the rear-view again

I am with my grandson on a little adventure like we had last year; yes I am on a get-away-from-my-normal-routine time, sometimes referred to as a vacation! Tonight I took him to dinner at a place I grew up going to every summer with my whole family since my sister was six-months old. When I sat down with him the familiar smells of the place overwhelmed me. I closed my eyes and soaked in the aroma of the kitchen, the sounds of all the talking vacationers, crying babies, mother’s correcting their children’s table manners and tried to see myself sitting at the table with my daddy at the head and mother at his left hand with my brother, sister and me sitting with our menus trying to decide which of the wonderful things on it would be served to us. That is when I remembered the scripture from Isaiah chapter 43 that says, “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”

That was when I opened my eyes and started paying attention to my sixteen-year-old grandson who was telling me about a girl he had faced-timed with, the new drums he wants, the fun he had having lunch with his grand-dad all by himself while working with him this summer, and I realized I was making new memories with him, and I wonder if one day he will look back on this time and do as I did, while sitting at the table with his own family.

Appreciate what you have while you have it and don’t drive looking in the rear-view mirror.

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