Monday, December 5, 2011

Sentimental Journey

Gonna take a Sentimental Journey.
Gonna set my heart at ease.
Gonna take a Sentimental Journey
To renew old memories.

I was just a kid when Doris Day sang this hit song way back when. I find this time of the year that I take many sentimental journeys. And, after sixty-four years, I have quite a few of those to take.

For a very long time, I have tried to find old friends from the days back on the farm. One family I've missed over the years was that of Joe and Helen Eliker. Their daughter and I have birthdays one day apart. I don't know when it started, but our families always got together to celebrate our birthdays. Once a year we met up and as children do, we stared at each other for awhile before we decided that playing together might just be fun. Their farm was always a fun place to go. Joe had a go cart, and they had a pony and cart. We didn't lack for fun things to do or laughter.

So, I went online to see what I could find. I knew the girls were probably married making it impossible to find them. So I tried for their younger brother. I found a phone number and called. And, being "old", I could make a phone call and a fool of myself and not really care. Thank goodness the answering machine picked up. I left a message, this voice from the past. I just hoped for a return call or email. That night I got my phone call.

One Christmas many years ago, I decided to send a "gift" to those on my Christmas list. I would send each of those people a letter about how much they mean to me. Over the many years, they had been a gift to my life. I took a sentimental journey into the past remembering the love  and support I'd received from each of them. I remembered the little things that meant a great deal to small farm girl. Each letter was filled with love and gratitude. In reflecting back over that Christmas of letters, I am thankful that I took the time for many of those people are gone now. And, for those who are still part of my life, those letters mean even more.

It is a season of sentimental journeys. I have a family added to my life that I once thought lost. A simple task of reaching out has brought home those days of ponies and birthdays. We are a gift to one another. One well worth giving. One well worth recognition.

Gotta take that Sentimental Journey. Sentimental Journey home.

On A Grandparent's Voice: I Believe/Twas the Night Before Christmas

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