Thursday, February 14, 2008

Waxing Nostalgic with the Boss

Every so often a tune, an image, a smell, etc. comes my way that instantly transports me to the past, to a time when life was simpler. Doesn't it seem that the older we get, the more crap we have to deal with, whether it be secure employment, the IRS, or tatterred relationships? Things have changed. When I was kid, I never saw presidential candidates on Nickelodian. I just remember cartoons!

Everytime I hear this song, released on Bruce Springsteen's 2007 album, Magic, a wave of nostalgia washes over me, and everything seems alright, everything feels so much simpler; if only for a few minutes. I feel like I am my son's age; five. Here are a few things that I am reminded of:

I think of my mother kneeling and praying, asking God to find a beautiful godly wife for her worked!

I think of watching my two favorite cartoons, Tom and Jerry and the Snorks.

I think of staying the night at my grandma's house. Her appartment was on a busy street. I can remember it was the greatest laying awake at night in the summer with the windows open listening to the soothing sounds of traffic.

I remember laying on the slide of my swingset, staring at the clouds and the sky. I can remember thinkig that the blue sky was like a thin sheet, very close to earth, and that outer space was nearly within reach.

What makes you feel like this and what memories come to mind? Enjoy the song!


Jason said...

Weirdly enough I love the smell of skunk. It reminds me of being a kid in my hometown of South Carolina and the beautiful fresh air.

Tam said...

Jason. You're weird.

Okay, I like skunk smell too. That and gasoline. Oh, and a match after it's been blown out.

I have issues.

Whenever I am at the beach I think of my childhood. The beach brings to surface the calming memories.

Old Elvis tunes reminds me of watching my mom sing at the bar she worked at when I was in elementary. Yah, I hung out at the bars when I 8.

Having shared that, Shirley Temples remind me of peanuts and cigarette smoke.

Hey...YOU asked!


nate said...

weird, I three like the smell of skunk. Whenever someone mentions the beach I am reminded that I am land-locked in toledo "freesing" ohio!

I didn't know you were originally from SC, Jason...I always remember Haiti and that story you told me of your brother eating a live tarrantula.