12.01.2006

Remember when....

Kelsey was out running errands this evening, but she got home around 9pm and somehow we ended up plopped on the couches with all the boys talking about "remember when....", remembering times from our history. Of course, with children, history is always a relative thing, but it was awesome...some highlights:

Our first Christmas as a married couple...December 18, we started a new job at a Boys Home, having coasted into town with three dollars cash and a quarter tank of gas. Our first night at work was the staff Christmas party and we got a hundred dollar bonus.

Jackson's favorite Christmas gift at 4 years of age: Rolls and rolls of masking tape. He would build these intricate webs all over the room.

Grayson remembering "the time I fell down the stairs at the house on Wood Trail. I was holding that little toy phone!"

Even Zion got into the act, announcing his favorite Christmas gift last year was the hamster that Grayson got! (It's hard to reminisce when you're so young - Zoe was absolutely silent....).

We must have talked for nearly an hour...quite the feat for a family with four children. They loved it, and so did we. When it was over, Zion asked "Can we talk about that stuff again?"

There's something about reaching backwards that anchors the present. Shared experiences establish identity, and identity helps us relate to the here and now. It settles our heart when we wonder "is it going to be ok?", because down through the years, it always has...and it will be again, in due time.

On a side note, shout out to the Cornhusker Towing Company for tugging me off the ice when I stranded the Suburban like some broken down Zamboni today. I will see to it that you get Sacred Trust credit for good deeds done dirt cheap.

11 comments:

Andy said...

There's something about reaching backwards that anchors the present. Shared experiences establish identity, and identity helps us relate to the here and now. It settles our heart when we wonder "is it going to be ok?", because down through the years, it always has...and it will be again, in due time.

Thanks for this reminder, Randy. Well put.

Kelsey Bohlender said...

Randy - uh, Jackson was 6. That's what makes it even funnier.

Cornhusker Towing - small things done with great love will change the world. Thanks dudes.

TJ Boulet said...

I love how you can speak to the heart in a serious, lasting way, and yet manage to throw in an AC/DC reference.... Nice.

Elizabeth Kosorski said...

Remember going to DC in the Goshens from Camp Bennett?

Randy Bohlender said...

Kels, he was 4. We figured this out last night...

Liz, tryin' to think happy thoughts. So, no, that didn't occur to us.

Kelsey Bohlender said...

You mean the Goshens that had no seats so we just set folding chairs in the back and loaded 22 people in them?

ChriS & Yvette Ferguson said...

Great post...got me reminiscing too!Plus you weren't the only ice idiot...my adventure cost an alignment and a new rim for the tire!

shawn blanc said...

We can get Sacred Trust credit for good deeds done dirk cheep? Suhweet.

Adam said...

Remember when we went all over the city looking for peoples trash to turn either into money or into our trash? Those were some good times.

Kelsey Bohlender said...

We busted off some good trash down in the slopes. Sweet su-gah beets my friend.

Elizabeth said...

Remember when we LOST the van for a few weeks? THE VAN. I mean come on people! It may not have been fun at the time but it is funny now. How many consecrated ones does it take to lose the only decent van we have?... Oh I'd say about 50.