Peaceful Easy Feeling By Gary Walter

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What could be better than an afternoon nap on a warm Fall day? The sunlight streaming through the window, followed by a gentle breeze. It doesn’t take much to follow these sensations back to childhood memories of carefree afternoons. It doesn’t take much more than a few peaceful, easy feelings to relive the days gone past.

As I awoke from my short nap, I had this sensation that I was in Colorado Springs. Before kids, Jennifer and I bought our first house—and life was pretty easy. I didn’t want to let go of that feeling—even as I realized reality. So, I just lay there and let my mind wander. I recalled our Colorado home, the view, the emotions, the memories. Then, without warning, my imagination took me even further back, to my childhood home in SE Portland. Again, lying on my bed after an afternoon nap—watching the sun stream through the window, and followed by a warm, Fall breeze.

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. It is often triggered by sights, sounds, smells—an old photograph, a familiar meal, or a found object, long forgotten. These memories are like treasures, buried into the recesses of our mind, sometimes accessible, but too often forgotten. Innocence lost, wisdom gained, and a lifetime discerning the two.

As I watch my kids discover life and make their own memories, I’m struck by the idea that they don’t know the value their childhood. Or, as my grandmother would say, “youth is wasted on the young.“

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind
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Gary Walter writes from Portland, Oregon. All rights reserved © 2010 AnswersForMe.org. Click here for content usage information.