Change is a part of our lives. Change will happen regardless of who we are or where we are. We often resist, unsuccessfully, those changes. Sometimes change is good, sometimes bad and often just a part of living.
Last evening, coming home from Mama’s house, I looked toward the place that we lived when I was a small child. The house is gone now, but in my memory the house is there. My memory sees the screen door in the kitchen; on the other side, I see the shadowy figure of my Daddy standing there gazing at the nighttime sky. My small hand reaches out to push the screen door open and I creep towards him. I slip my hand into his, he looks down and the light from the kitchen window casts a soft glow, providing enough light to see the smile that spreads across his face. I hear the low soft chuckle that comes from his chest. We stand in the darkness gazing at the night sky. Gently, my hand reaches up and tugs Daddy’s shirt. He leans down and picks me up. I lean close to him and inhale his scent. Everything in my child world is right at that moment. We watch the sky and occasionally get to see a shooting star if we are lucky!
The nighttime sky looks like a piece of black velvet with twinkling diamonds of various sizes scattered about. It is the sky that we are no longer able to see because of the numerous lights from businesses, homes, the interstate and the modern world we live in. It is a sight that my daughter has never seen, and may never see. This breathtaking sight now exists only in the memory of those of us that remember this sky. Change crept into our area, welcome or not, and changed our nighttime sky.
We can rely on change, it will always occur. Some changes are good, and needed. Some changes are bad, and represent things that we wish had not happened. Children grow up, houses decay and time marches on. Change is all around us, occurring regularly and without our consent. The ability to remember exists in us and yet change occurs there also. Change will happen; we must decide how we will respond to those changes. My choice is to cherish the sweet, learn from the bad and cope with the rest.