As usual, I'm listening to music as I work. The song that just played on my Winamp Player was Vic Damone's version of "On the Street Where You Live." That title is appropriate to what I am going to write about today.
I have always been a forward-looking guy and seldom reflect back on things that took place decades or years or even days ago. What is done is done. What has passed is unrecoverable. I can't change anything that happened and, with few exceptions, would really have no desire to do so.
I am curious, though. What ever happened to so-and-so? What is he doing now? Is he a captain of industry, or languishing in prison somewhere? What about girls I dated? Where are they now? Are they still as 'hot' at age 55 or 60 as they were back then? Are they stay-at-home moms, or did they have successful careers in industry or academia?
Does any of this matter?
I think it does. We are all the sum of our experiences, both good and bad. Everyone with whom we associated over the years touched us in some way. Sometimes the experiences were good, sometimes not so good. From those who behaved badly towards us, perhaps we learned how not to act ourselves. From those who contributed to our lives in some positive way, we owe gratitude for those experiences that affirmed our faith in the human race.
On occasions when I find myself in towns and cities where I have lived, and there are quite a few of those, I drive past old addresses to see what has changed. Sometimes, the buildings are in a time warp and look exactly as they did so long ago. Sometimes, they have been renovated, added to, changed almost beyond recognition. That's sort of like us, isn't it? Do you have friends or family members who still dress as they did in the fifties or sixties and still sport the same hairdos? I know people like that. Sometimes, they just look silly. Thankfully, most of us try to age gracefully and not pretend that we are still teenagers.
I have known many people over the years. I have lived on many streets. I may even have lived on the street where you live. If I have, and you remember me, say hello. I don't bite.