I remember making the purchase vividly. We were in Miller for Thanksgiving and I think I was 11 so it must've been 1981 but it might have been when I was 12 (1982)... it was the year before or after going to New Mexico. When we were in town we usually made a visit down to the Rexall Drug that their family ran. It was always fun to go there because they had a soda fountain and we'd usually get a treat or two. There was a rack of cassette tapes off to the side and as I looked through them, I came across my celebrity crush: Olivia Newton John. I loved her since I was younger. We had always listened to her music in our family. She was in Grease and she was cute. She was easy to like. The cassettes all ran $7. I ripped open my blue velcro wallet and parted with seven of my dollar bills. I now owned music purchased by my own doing. It was exciting. To be completely clear here, though, the album was NOT that good, but it DID have her on the cover, so it was all good.
I have much to give thanks for. Today was the day of giving thanks for the things in our life that we have and in some cases do NOT have.
It's easy to get caught up in the vortex of the things taking joy from our lives. We feel sorry the things that we've lost, the decisions that we've made, the chances we didn't take, the lands we haven't visited, the dances not danced, the races not run. But we need to sit back on a day like today with those that we know and love and celebrate just having family. Celebrate the people that know us and love us. The people that we still make memories with and break bread with. The people that have been by our sides through the good and the bad, and be there for them as they have their own races that they haven't run and dances yet to dance.
I'm just a creative guy that's looking to throw all this spaghetti onto the wall and hope something sticks.