Old Enough Yet To Start Missing What You Once Had?

If Tom Cruise were playing Adam to Cameron Diaz’s Eve….well lets stop right there! Not good casting. Still, the dialog would be the same. As the gates slammed behind them: “Gee, I really miss paradise.”

Our longing for lost worlds [read: lost love, job, city, or youth] is hard-wired into us. Probably started when mom sent us crying off to kindergarten. Later to summer camp. All too human to miss whatever’s just been taken away.

Now what?

Poets and politicians have a passion for lost worlds. For endearing names like: Thoreau’s “Walden Pond,” Griffith’s “Mayberry,” Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation, or the name of your old college.The further away the worlds, the more they glisten in the filtered sunlight of memory. Summers were longer, holidays brighter, families friendlier, aches fewer. As Sarah Palin would exhale: “The Real America.”

Our memories of what-was are shoulders on which we stand to see what-can-be. Gustav Mahler wrote his new music putting it this way: “Tradition is tending the flame, not worshiping the ashes.”

Flame or ashes…? Something to think about at this year’s May proms, June weddings, September reunions, and November voting booths. Find the flame, dump the ashes.

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  • I thought Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz should get married, they're like perfect for each other and had good chemistry in both movies.

  • In reply to cherrie8:

    cherrie8 ~ You may have a point, altho that wasn't my point. If you;re under say 50, my point may not have a point!

  • Cameron Diaz can come my way, although at 39 she is starting to look a bit haggard. Not as haggard as Jack Benny at 39, 39, 39, 39...

    The converse is that dealing with any of today's youth, it was pointed out that they never lived in a world where there was no Wikipedia, and hence don't tend to believe reality or experience.

    Maybe closer to point is that, when a kid, I would throw a fit about August 21 that summer went by too fast and I had to go back to school. Didn't do much good then nor now.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack ~ Yeah, the older I grow the more I realize the "gap" that stretches between my world and theirs. Naturally I much prefer mine. Even more so, my parents' world The Greatest Generation)

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    Maybe the difference is that my parents expected me to go along with their culture, such as Barbra Streisand butchering a Laura Nyro song about drugs, not realizing that was what it was about. Now they think I am real eager to move to Florida.

    On the other hand, I have no objection to youth having their own culture, except getting on the Internet and telling me to grow up.

  • In reply to jack:

    Streisand is a great example of the generational gap. To mine she is a classic; to my grandchildren she is: Barbara who??

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