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The Ghosts of Yesterday May 7, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, People, Poetry.

Sometimes we want to go “back in time”

We yearn for days of yore


It can be challenging to embrace “here” and “now”

When ghosts from the past beckon

With childhood scents and sounds



The book of life doesn’t include a Rewind button

Or a Fast Forward

We live it or we miss it.

Go on ~> Turn the Page.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Haiku – Stranger


1. Ally Bean - May 7, 2021

I’m not a nostalgic person, but I do like having family antiques in my house. I don’t know if that contradicts my first statement, but there you have it: I live in the now while looking at my grandmother’s hutch in the kitchen.

nrhatch - May 7, 2021

Interesting comment, AB. I love antiques and have many handed down from ancestors, but others purchased from Ye Olde Antique Shoppe. Most are wood and well made. Each is special without regard to its provenance. So, yes. I think you can enjoy your grandmother’s hutch without being a “nostalgic person.”

I have a tendency toward nostalgia. I had a great time as a kid with no responsibilities and lots of caring adults around . . . all of whom have since departed. I miss them.

2. nrhatch - May 7, 2021

You might get a kick out of this:

3. Kate Crimmins - May 7, 2021

Ah yes, the here and now. Paint brushes all over. Hairballs galore. Wishing for the good old days when I could lounge around and the cats weren’t barfy.

nrhatch - May 7, 2021

Haha! Maybe things will settle down and you’ll be able to lounge around all summer. Chilling with a cold beverage!

4. Behind the Story - May 7, 2021

I often drive on a street that’s only a block away from a house I used to live in, and yet, in the past 18 years, I’ve never been tempted to turn and see what it looks like. There’s no point.

On the other hand, the past does inform us. We are who we are partially because of what we experienced in the past. It’s like the background in a painting, setting the scene, but not the focus of it.

nrhatch - May 7, 2021

That’s amazing, Nicki. You’re either exceptionally good at ignoring the pull of nostalgia OR nostalgia has no hold over you!

We have driven by our first house once, about 12 years after we sold it, but have never returned to check out our 2nd and 3rd homes. I have checked them out on-line though. 😀

5. Debra - May 8, 2021

I just love that quote at the end of your piece, Nancy! That is truly an inspiration. I think I have come to a place where I do realize that each day is full, and probably enough for me, overall. I don’t have the energy to drag the past with me into today, and tomorrow is likely more than I can handle today as well. Today is enough!

nrhatch - May 8, 2021

Enjoy each chapter of life as it unfolds. . . and keep turning the page!

6. anotherday2paradise - May 10, 2021

It’s good to remember the positive experiences from our past, but unfortunately the memories we’d rather forget have a habit of popping up too. I have a few nostalgic mementos dotted around the house snd still have Aunt Doris’s carving knife which must be at least 80 years old. 😅

nrhatch - May 10, 2021

I generally inhabit the present moment, but I do have fond memories from the past that I enjoy visiting from time to time. As long as we don’t get lost in the past, brief forays into our memory banks are probably OK.

Do you still use her carving knife? I have an old knife of my Great Aunt Edie’s that we use every day as a butter spreader. 😀

anotherday2paradise - May 10, 2021

Yes, the knife has been used for all sorts of things, even chopping down a giant Monstera plant in the backyard. 😀

nrhatch - May 10, 2021

Haha! And here I was picturing you and hubs carving a turkey!

7. L. Marie - May 14, 2021

Great post, Nancy. I admit to nostalgia when I am dissatisfied with the here and now. Lately, I have been nostalgic for the 90s–before social media. So I need to take this advice and embrace life in the now.

nrhatch - May 14, 2021

I’d like to travel back to the 70’s ~ before social media with great music!

8. roughwighting - May 16, 2021

I needed this message right now! It’s amazing how sometimes I do hunger for earlier days but it is so important to appreciate each day of NOW.

nrhatch - May 16, 2021

I expect that it’s all about finding the right balance for appreciating the journey to get here . . . while embracing the now (now that we are here). Happy Sunday. Loved your A to ZEN poem!

roughwighting - May 17, 2021

Yes, BALANCE for sure. And THANKS. xo

9. Erica/Erika - May 21, 2021

A wonderful analogy with a book, Nancy. Definitely, in the moment recently. On a local naturalist challenge this weekend. 😀

nrhatch - May 21, 2021

How fun! Enjoy the challenge . . . and the nature!

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