Friday, September 29, 2006

Time Marches On

I am having one of those surreal moments. I am working on immunization records in my clinic because I have no students today, due to parent-teacher conferences.

Just now, it struck me... most of my newly enrolled pre-kindergarteners have birthdates that are after Andy died. At that time, I remember feeling like the world had stopped, that nothing new was ever going to happen again. How could the world and life itself go on without Andy?

But, my life has gone on... big changes have happened since then, nothing stopped. Good things and bad things, big things and little things have all continued. Nothing has stopped, not in my own life nor in the universe. Even my love for Andy has continued, although in a different way. Andy's earthly life ended, but these new children have been born, evidenced by my records at school. All over the world new lives have begun, and are shining brightly.

Tracy Lawrence has a song called "Time Marches On," and the tagline really speaks volumes: "The only thing that stays the same is everything changes."

So true.

Sorry for the tangent, but this has really been on my mind today. I just had to get it out.

Oklahoma State Fair Button 2006

Here's the latest installment: Shelby, John, Kathy, Arthur, Me and a Clown

This year Andy's token is the string tie I am wearing. He used to wear it on his western shirts with the concho pushed up.