Saturday, July 9, 2011

Childhood Memories Revisited

The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival . . . because when you are unhappy, you also throw unhappiness all around.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Indian spiritual leader (1931-1990)

Taking a quiet moment, sitting on a curb to share a pizza and pop, the Time Traveller and I savoured small-town spirit, as young and old gathered with friends to enjoy a summer folk festival at their local park. Existence was full of camaraderie and happiness.

In the amusement area, the clankitty-clank of the little train running over the iron track reverberated in our memories, both sensing that we had ridden this very train decades ago, at a time when the little red engine wouldn't have been considered a quaint antique.

A couple of kids playing in the creek reminded me of my own childhood adventures, seemingly miles from home, catching polliwogs in a quiet creek, now erased by a high-speed highway that I travelled on this very day to arrive at and enjoy this small town's folk festival. I guess that progress. In any case, existence, past and present, is happy.

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