Hmm, evidently Pepsi says that. Hang on let me dig deeper.
Buddha said something like that. Anyway, the serenity one gets from living in the moment is talked about a lot by those studying "mindfulness" and "meditation". I'm just not a big fan of sitting on the ground, so my key to achieving this state is spending time with my kids. They really draw your focus to the present. I love it.
That being said, last week I traveled with my kids into my past, and it was trippy. Very worlds-colliding, spacetime-folding, out-there, ch'i-swirling kinda crap.
My parents left the town where I grew up when I left for college and I pretty much have never been back. Last week a family friend invited us to a party in the old neighborhood. I had the kids with me so naturally I hauled them down there and made them stand for pictures out in the hot summer sun of San Leandro so I could have an experience.
|The house I grew up in!!|
|Crappy neighbor's house.|
|Crappy ice cream parlor around the corner.|
|Crappy service. Crappier ice cream.|
|Can I plug in that Ms. Pac-Man?|
|It totally works!!|
|Liam wasn't too bad|
|I was WAY better|
|Crappy liquor store (they had the original Star Wars video game)|
|Crappy local grocery store (they had Dragon's Lair)|
|Crappy Junior High School (getting a crappy paint job)|
|Crappy High School (my camera refused to focus on it)|
|Crappy first job!! (more ice cream)|
|Where I first learned crippling guilt|
|Church I was forced to endure every Sunday|
Okay, it wasn't exactly God's country, but my home was lovely and my memories of San Leandro are fond, despite it's gritty and surprisingly unchanged facade. Still, I won't be moving the boys there anytime soon.
P.S. Speaking of traveling to the past, today is our 4-YEAR-BLOGGIVERSARY. On this date 4 years ago my dear sweet Amanda and I started this blog and haven't quit on each other....yet. Thanks for keeping up with us and our disastrous lives. We love you all in completely inappropriate ways. XOXO