Life Makes You Old
Have you thought about this yet? The things in life that shape us, also age us. Sure, I can see some of you shaking your heads and thinking, "If you say so." You don't believe it though, do you.
Think about the years, from childhood on, no, not the good stuff, the hard stuff, the things that made you who you are today and are still shaping your lives for tomorrow.
Just in our little state, Connecticut, is changing, daily, sometimes too fast for us to see or know what's going on, until after the fact. Things are going out of business faster than we can keep up.
We've gotten gas at the same gas station and knew the owner for over twenty years. We don't need gas that often, about once a week, so we went to get our weekly gas and not only was the station closed, it was boarded up and the pumps were gone! What? Is this normal?
We had one of those old-fashioned diners that had been owned by the same family for thirty-five years. It's the only place we ate at, when we could afford to eat out as you could get just about anything you wanted, for a very reasonable price. Another person had owned it before Nick did, the man who'd had it for the last thirty-five years. You'd have liked it, booths - juke-boxes in each and they changed the music weekly. A real mixture, country, classic rock, rap, christian -- just about anything you wanted to hear.
The cooking was done by the owner and his family - and they ate there too, so you'd feel pretty good about eating there, hey, they did! We drove by one week as we hadn't been in awhile, maybe a month, and it was CLOSED! Yep, for sale sign and all.
Yeah, I'll get over that about the same time I'll get over the fact that they closed the drive-in that we all grew up with! They went on to open (different people) a twelve screen cinema in a different area, new, bright and shiny. I hated it. I didn't have to hate it for long, because guess what - that's out of business too!
I want the diner back. I want the drive-in back. I want our gas station back, with the owner we all knew. Am I going to get it, nope! Life changes and we get older and not even wiser for the effort.
mn - 2009
Prompts for September 9, 2009:
* show the passage of time rather than a single moment in time
* use the words "If you say so..."
* include a rhetorical question
* include the name of a state
* tag with wwe --trust me, that's almost the only way I'll find your submission
You have all week to write this. Any length. Any style of fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose. Use all the prompts. Publish to Writing Essentials. If you can't make the reader laugh, make 'im cry. If you procrastinate, open a window right now and write. You'll thank me later.
by Marilyn is looking for whatever there is. N.
August 11, 2006
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