Sometimes it’s hard to remember that this (this!) particular moment is THE moment. It’s all we have. From time to time, I’ve recorded the details of THIS moment, capturing a series of phrases to describe what’s going on—both with me and with the world at large. This “now” is all we have, but it’s also a slice of our ongoing lives that in ten years will looks quaint, intriguing, or possibly even disappointingly motivating. But I guarantee you that these captured present moments, read somewhat later on, are not only intriguing but instructive.
I have one from 1971. It names things like finding a used refrigerator for our newly rented farm house, getting the oil changed on the 1952 GMC pickup, going to hear George McGovern’s wife speak in his stead since he couldn’t make the rally, lining up jars to can home-grown tomatoes on a camp stove, and promising to practice so my fingers could work the bass guitar fast enough to produce what I could hear in my head. This list of moments makes me laugh now.
That’s then. What’s now?