Back in 1986, Billy Joel released "this is the time" from the album "The Bridge." It is a good album (by Billy Joel standards) with hits that included a "Matter of Trust" "Modern Woman" and "Baby Grand" (done with legendary Ray Charles). "This is the time" is my favorite from the album because it is a song that reminds us of the good times in our lives. As a high school student, it was the times out with friends. As a 20 something it was freedom for the first time. And today it is all about family.
In the song "this is the time" the main lyric of the song goes as follows
This is the time to remember cause it will not last forever
These are the days to hold onto because we won't although we will want to.
Yesterday for Easter, spending time with our kids and family were truly "times to remember." We snap our photos, take our video's and embrace the conversations amongst family. In between, there are the Easter egg hunts, hockey in the basement and building newly received Lego sets. And to start and end the day, there is a wonderful breakfast (all done without a working stove) and a great dinner...oh, a few chocolates along the way as well. All and all, a truly memorable day!
Often though, once the day is over, we move back to "life" and often the memories fade quicker than one even realizes. In the song, Joel touches on this "these are the days to hold onto but we won't although we'll want to." But should it be that way? Have you ever just sat down quietly and thought about your previous day's experience (especially if it is a good one) and think of the details? Yes, we take those aforementioned videos and pics but they don't tell the whole story or leave a warm feeling within.
My point is simple: holidays or vacations contain many moments that should not be forgotten but often are. Take a moment when the day is over to really absorb what happened on a given day. As I rode the commuter rail to work on Monday, I had that opportunity and are better off now for doing it realizing that in between slices of ham were experiences I will forever treasure.
Was today a "time to remember for you?"