A Glance Back: Our Rear-View Mirror

The past is a place of reference, not a place of resident, but the journey forward requires an occasional glance back. 
           – Roy T. Bennett 
Road trips carry more than luggage.  Our family stories travel with us, tracing the lines between now and then.   ----G. Hill
After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
           — Philip Pullman
Tell me a story.  
On a recent road trip, six-year-old Marco begged for family stories. Charmed by the lure of the past, each tale erased the many decades between us and together we shared the same rear-view glance.  

Tell me another. And another . . .

Hungry for more, I couldn't let him down.  I searched my brain for more clownish stories that brought humility to my feet, with me as the goofy, unwitting child.

I think about my own fascination with family stories told over and over again at the kitchen table.  With that first gulp of air, we are born collecting the scattered pieces that help us feel complete.  

Identity.

I imagine the hodgepodge of pieces from the zany to the meaningful that will cycle in and out of Marco's imagination, borrowing strength, humor and humility from another time zone to meld into his own.  He will pack them into his secret places for his occasional glance in his own rear-view mirror. I wonder what he will see. 
         -----G. Hill
  
The best loved stories are not from books or films, but those from our own families.
       -----Jane McGarvey
You live life looking forward, you understand life looking backward: a vintage of vines to intertwine and take hold.
        ---- Soren Kierkegaard

See Also: The Family Perennials: Stories for the Generations and I Am From . . .

Harvest the meaning of life and pass it down to the next generation through stories.
     -----Joan Borysenko
We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.
       ------Pierre du Chardin

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Janice M Vrooman says:

    Just the other night coming home from the fair I stopped at a street light my daughter and I looked at each other and we started to laughter. Yep memories of past are such a warm feeling and to be able to share is a joy.

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    1. The glance back has a warm glow. Thank you, Janice. I really love your comments.

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  2. Don says:

    Very nice. Looking into my rear view mirror helps me to realize how full my life has been. As we move forward in life we will create more rear view mirror memories.

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    1. Thank you, Don. Growing up, I thought my life was a boring black and white. But the rearview mirror shows everything in beautiful color. If that is maturity, or wisdom, or senility, I say bring it on.

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  3. Bill R says:

    Pretty deep thinking today. It is good to look back, but not to dwell.

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