Back in Time: Life Anew

The young couple was thrilled to plan the next phase of their lives. Naturally, I choose to reflect upon the snapshot of the fleeting moment. Albeit true and cause for celebration, Kevin had a path toward a life in the future. I just couldn’t help to think when I would look back to the day when his life turned around, and how that may very well had just transpired.

The decision to double lock the closet door which contained the skeletons had been made. Of course, it is common knowledge, skeletons are a particularly persistent sort with little else to do but escape from that most confining space. And, as those of us whom are fully aware, they possess the skeleton key to our darkest side; the weakness that is our past.

In any event, the young couple made their plan to save up for an apartment. Making plans is one of those “truth is stranger than fiction” things. Initially, the story of our past is unfathomable, until such time the circumstances become revealed. It reminds of the joke a Chaplain told me in the military. He pointed out this little nugget that stuck for many a decade.

“How do you make God laugh his ass off...? Tell him of your plans.”

Whether it be God, fate, time, Karma; life has a tendency to put our plans ‘on hold’ prior to the plan reaching its conclusion. Much of the journey through life has to do with the point of which one starts. As parents, we wrestle to make that starting point an improvement of our own. In time we come to realize our Crystal Ball is cloudy at best.

As parents, we tend to like distinct lines and smooth edges toward our children’s phases in life. Rarely is such the case. It is better to think of it as the bleeding colors unto a rainbow. Indeed, this would qualify as one of those times to celebrate for those of the untailored eye. In fact, experience is taught from a reproving lesson plan.

Therefore as parents we hope, rather pray, the difficult chapter of our children’s past has indeed passed in spite of our tailored eye. The advantage being we know the signs of digression and the signs of progress… and so we sell the progression…while continuing to barter the digression.

Through subtle innuendos, personal stories; some true, some close to true; the story of life’s’ lessons unto the next chapter with respect to the last chapter… the parent pursues progression. Fore once their children venture beyond the front door, they are on their own. The fear of something you threw at the wall that just didn’t stick becomes a reflection.

Before you know it the day arrives. The stories are less frequent. The innuendos become less subtle. Time is less available. The young couple attained their goal to move into an apartment. As fore now, they can focus on the next step. They are having a child of their own. Of course they are hardly prepared. Fore they are children of themselves… and so you pray, in time, fate will be kind and Karma takes a holiday.

Not unlike the sands of an hourglass, these are the times of our lives.

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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Just_Rodney,

Thank you for your kind words of support and comments. Be well.


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Just_Rodney 4 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

I find your style brilliant, the way you weave your web from position to postion, leading your reader through, as well as with you.

Congrats!


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randslam 4 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Love it...what a great voice of experience and understanding regarding the path of Life. Thanks gjf...voted up, beautiful, interesting and useful. I look forward to more of your prose...keep it purple, baby...cause that's for passion and pain. Yep, Prince had it right with purple rain.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

randslam,

Funny you should mention the next installment, I finished a rough draft but minutes ago after a long layoff from what you so astutely refer to as " this play we call writing."

In your words it is the"parlance with our privilege of using words on a white screen" that makes the process worth looking forward to...

Be well my friend , if I may have the liberty of that particular assumption.


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randslam 4 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Thanks for this introduction to your work, gjf...voted up, beautiful, interesting and useful. All important characters in this play we call writing.

I look forward to seeing more of this story...and your parlance with our privilege of using words on a white screen. Bravo.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

stessily,

Thank you for your kind words and comments. Every now and then a writer gets that special reward we have come to know as feedback. The communicaton that the words have painted a picture. For that I am grateful. Thank you for that very special reward. gjf


stessily 4 years ago

gjfalcone, Such deeply philosophical perceptions are embedded in this writing. The shifting relationship of past, present, and future is conveyed with ease, seamlessly, as you observe: "Making plans is one of those 'truth is stranger than fiction' things. Initially, the story of our past is unfathomable, until such time the circumstances become revealed."

Experience is indeed "taught from a reproving lesson plan". As you poetically also note, "distinct lines and smooth edges" tend to show up instead as "the bleeding colors unto a rainbow". I'm reminded of John Lennon's words in "Beautiful boy (Darling boy)": "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

Also well put is the prayer which I believe is in the heart of everyone for their loved ones: "fate will be kind and Karma takes a holiday."

Beautifully expressed and beautifully enhanced with the heartfelt song, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".

Appreciatively, Stessily


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

H P Roychoudhury,

Thanks for your kind words.


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H P Roychoudhury 4 years ago from Guwahati, India

A thoughtful and judicious hub. And I like add pleasure lies in work. Thanks for taking me to your fan group.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for checking in TimeTraveler2. A sad yet all to true commentary. Enjoy the ride as best as we can


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

So true. We really have no control over our lives...we just think we do!


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thank you Vonnavie.


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Vonnavie Sanchez 4 years ago

Very interesting to read.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thank you for your comments Alex


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Alex Jose 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Good story...in life there are ups and downs but we just need to take up challenges and move on further....lovely hub...voted up


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for your feedback Ms. Cochran. Always a pleasure.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Only a parent could write this hub. Great job.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thank you for your kind words Laura. Always nice to hear such reaffirming comments.


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LauraD093 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

I haven't visited your profile in a while gjfalcone and am now sad that I haven't. I really enjoyed reading this hub and those others that correlate to it. You write beautifully and have been helpful and instructive to us newbies from the start, again I ty for both the advice and the well written and formatted hubs. I have learnt much from seeing it professionally done by you.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for your comments and kind words SueSwan. My first home on my own ...was the U.S. Military. They paid me while providing work clothes, a roof, along with food and rules that stuck to my ribs..


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Gjfalcone

I remember when I left home and into my first apartment. My dad told me it would be cheaper to live at home but he did understand my need to spread my wings and live my life.

Voted up and awesome.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Indeed it is a everlasting life experience regardless of the damage done... as the story goes.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Always a great life experience when you have your first home. Best wishes to the couple.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for your comments and kind words always exploring


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Good story, The failures and gains of life are inevitable as we grow. Just starting out is a scary thought. I wish them happiness...


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks as always for your support writer20


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Good read, I hope they love their children.

Voted up and interesting, Joyce.

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