Personal electronics – the first calculators and portable radios appeared, and I had one!
My first car, a brand new one that I paid for in cash
The home, built to my specifications – with a fireplace! MY home
Grown-up toys: the pool table, the organ, and all the books I want.
Mom and dad, sister and brother, and a variety of dogs, coming --- and going
Friends of youth who will always be, and friends picked up along the way, a few precious ones
Friends discovered on the internet, never met, yet a meaningful part of my life
And strangers, who are there for reasons I sometimes don’t understand.
The culture and its influences, smoking, drinking, and well … sin was easy back then
Good choices (parental influences) and bad (the “I know” of every teenager – and even adult)
The beginning subtle notice of God: how “lucky” I was to not be in jail --- or dead
The wisdom that slowly comes with age --- built on the foundations laid by parents and Church
The blessed call of Mary to return to the Faith
JPII, saints, philosophers – teachers all who, with grace, helped me understand my purpose
Miracles, once amazing and startling, now so common and accepted
Death didn’t happen again for much of my life, or if it did it was far away, as I was
My brother was the first to go; a hole in my life, but a bigger one, I know, in my parents’
Then began a parade of fellow church-goers and friends. Funerals replaced weddings as gathering points
Good friends, some from my youth, went home --- to God, I know
I speak to many of them, often. I know they pray for me. (I need it.)
Sis and dad seemed to leave on the same day, so close together. And mom?
On the cross
In the Eucharist
On the altar
In my heart