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These are the Good Old Days
Guest Author: Beth
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family gamesOne arrow mom shares: The other night my husband and I were discussing whether or not we could attend an out-of-town event we'd been invited to. We both knew it was going to be tons of fun and we wanted to go. But after a brief discussion we decided that for us, in this season of our lives, it just was not possible for us to go.

"Remember college?" I asked.

"Yes." he responded.

"Those were the good old days. The days when we didn't even go out until 10 pm. The days when we slept until 10 am. The days when we had complete control over our schedule and our lives? Remember those days?" I asked again.

"What about these days?" he asked "What about these days right now? I think these are the good old days. Don't you think one day we will look back and say that these days were the good old days?"

And I was dumbfounded. I hadn't thought of it that way at all. When I think about my life now I think about all the parties and out-of-town trips we have to turn down. I think of all the Friday and Saturday nights we spend playing go-fish or watching movies with the kids instead of going out together or with friends. I think of all the times we have to leave the party early so the kids can get to bed. I think of all the people who don't understand why we can't do all the things we used to. I think of all the countless hours I spend cooking and cleaning and encouraging instead of laying by the pool or taking a luxuriously long shower. I think of all the sacrifice. All the work.

And it dawned on me that when I think of the "good old days" I associate "good" with being all about me. All about my wants and my comfort. Doing what I want to do when I want to do it. That's what constitutes the "good old days" for me. Days where I had no real responsibility and had all the time in the world to do the things I wanted. Days where I felt like I had all the control...

Read the rest of Beth's inspiring entry at her blog, Not A Bow In Sight.

Image borrowed from City of Kodiak Public Libary

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