I don't know why I think about it, but I do all the time. I miss being a kid.
For the past week or so Barnes and I have been painting the house trying to get it the way we want it. Trying to get it ready for company. Getting rid of the standard peachy/tan paint that covers every wall. We have made some good progress, but still got quite a way to go.
As I paint, I turn the sirius radio to "Hair Nation" and I swear to god... I could paint all day while listening to it. For those of you that are not familiar, Hair Nation is all 80's hair metal bands, over, and over, and over. I know sometimes it drives Barnes crazy but I think her thoughts are probably keep it on as long as it keeps me painting.
As I listened to Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, Ratt, Dio, etc., etc. A song came on, that I don't know why, but it really made me start thinking of my childhood and adolesence. I don't know why this song triggered all these memories but for some reason I think I went through every possible emotion in the 5 minutes I listened to it. I thought about.. My brother and I playing with our hot wheels in the shrubs in front of the house on Cortez St. I thought of waking up early on the weekends and the two of us riding our bikes across town to meet Kyle Brewer and his sister so we could go to the "Ponds". I thought aobut Mom, Dad, Jared and I piling in the Celica and driving to Grandma and Johns. I couldn't wait to get there so we could swim in their pool. It didn't open until 10am and that seemed like 5pm to me when I was a kid. Why wasn't it just open all the time? I also thought of every time we got to Grandma's house she always made a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for me. Still my favorite to this day although I never eat it anymore. I thought about always being upset when I would go to my friend Scott's house on Sundays and he couldn't come outside to play because it was "The Lords Day" I thought that was a crock then and I still do. Granted I'll probably go to hell for saying that. I thought about wood cutting with my dad and Grandpa. God I hated that. I remember how excited I used to get when the family would take a trip into Reno and the best time was when Mom and Dad took Jared and I to see Hello Hollywood. That made me feel grown up and it felt cool................
Now I'm grown up and want to feel like a kid again. Kind of ironic how life works out like that I guess.
Moral to this rant..... With Sloane on her way, I really hope Barnes and I can create as many good memories for her as Mom and Dad did for me. I hope we are not to busy to remember family.
Barnes and I had very similar up-bringings. Sometimes I am amazed at how similar they were in fact. We have talked about all the fun we had as kids and the great memories we had with Jared and Teddy and our parents.
It's pretty scary how different the world is now 25 years later, but I really hope Sloane can reflect 40 years from now and have all the great memories that I do.
By the way here is the song that triggered all that......