I was reading the funnies yesterday and “The Other Coast” had a comic about some people catching rainwater in a barrel from the gutter of their roof. A squirrel had washed into the barrel. (That was the joke.)
As I looked at the panel I was carried back to my Ohio childhood, when my dad rigged up a barrel to catch rainwater. We lived out in the country and our water was held in a cistern. We had to have water delivered in a big pump truck every few months, so we considered the rain barrel a smart economic move.
The picture in the comic actually looked like a caricature of our house and rain barrel, so it didn’t seem that funny to me. But it brought out some wonderful reminiscing.
We also ate squirrels that my dad shot in our woods, but to my knowledge we never caught one in the rain barrel.
Looking at the comic, I wondered how old Adrian Raeside is. Drinking rainwater and eating squirrel just didn’t seem that odd to me. And then suddenly it hit me — I was shocked to realize my rainwater barrel and squirrel eating days were 50 years ago!
More than 50 years actually. Gulp!
I remember so many conversations with our good friend Peggy Kilmer, who was in her nineties. Peggy would laughingly sigh and say, “Sometimes I catch sight of myself in a mirror and say ‘Who is that old lady?’ I still feel the same as I ever did.”
Miss Peggy, I can relate!
One of my favourite songs is Jim Croce’s haunting Time in a Bottle… “But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them…”
This is true, but more to the point I love C.S. Lewis’s thoughts about time. We live in time and it’s all we really know, but we’re always shocked at the passage of time. (I can hardly believe my grandson already three years old!) Lewis says it’s because we know, deep down, that we’re not supposed to get old and die. God made us for a timeless existence. Our natural element is eternity.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has set eternity in our hearts…that none of us can fathom what all he has done, and that he makes everything beautiful in its time. Wow!
So with eternity set in my heart, I’m going to remind myself of one more thing C.S Lewis said. The present – right now – is the point at which time touches eternity. So I want to make the most of this eternal moment! Carpe Diem!
January 12, 2012 at 11:39 am
With the recent passing of my brother-in-law and the deterioation of my father-in-law this subject has been very much on my heart and mind. Thanks Andrena for the perspective!
January 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm
Eternity! It is a comfort to consider at times of such grief, isn’t it Leslie? I’ll keep all of you in prayer.
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January 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Now I know where to pick up a good looking ‘egg timer’ when playing scrabble with some slow pokes. Always LUV to read your posts. Did I say Thank You to Monica & hubby for sending us their beautiful wedding picture. Seems like I did (I’m talking to myself). Know we said Hello to David at his counter. Later….January is almost 1/2 gone……Happy New Year to you & John. DarMar
January 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Hey Darlene! Yes, can you believe January is half gone! (I’d love to play Scrabble with you – let’s talk!)
March 17, 2012 at 10:50 am
This has brought me to tears yet again. Beautiful, Mommy.
June 13, 2014 at 6:08 am
Reblogged this on Paladini Potpie and commented:
“Friday the 13th” has always felt like a lucky day for me since I was born on a June 13th Friday. Sixty two years ago – how can that be? I woke up early this morning thinking about how I would like to spend this “lucky” day…counting my blessings and thinking about the passing of time
June 13, 2014 at 7:32 am
There were four girls in our family. All with relatively long hair and our hair never looked so good as in the summer when we could use water from the rain barrel for our shampooing. Thank you for the reminder. One of my favorite authors mentioned potpies in one of her books. The quote..”when I order their potpie I always lift the crust to see if there is a pearl onion inside…” Every time I read your “Potpie” I find a “pearl” and I am pleased.
June 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm
“I’ve looked around enough to know that you’re the one I want to go through time with.”