Wednesday, March 11, 2009

No turning back

Pin It I went out to dinner with a friend tonight.

We went to this lavish restaurant; perhaps you’ve heard of it: Village Inn.

As we sat in the pinkish, cracking, vinyl booth, we conversed about the answers to all of life’s posing questions. Overhead music undulated through the air, via the speakers embedded in the ceiling; like songs playing from the heavens.

As we talked, the music progressed from songs of my childhood to those which have just recently come out. It was as if each song had been selected simply for me…a summation of the transitory years of my life to the current moment.

I felt…blank; like a videocassette that has been recorded over in far too many places with static.

Though all of the music was recognized, I couldn’t readily recall the time I’d first heard each song. There were only fleeting glimpses of memories; tired and washed-out. There were far too many holes; so many open places left behind where I might find myself falling into the nothingness there.

As we finished our meal and made our way into the bracing coldness beyond the swinging glass doors, I turned and began walking to my car. My breath rose in stiff puffs of steam in the night air as I climbed into my CR-V and started the ignition.

I pulled onto the busy avenue, turning my wheels towards home. As I drove along the darkened streets, I found a song from yesterday playing inside my head. As it did, I realized that Tears for Fears were right…

There is no turning back. But still...welcome to your life.

4 comments:

mywest said...

Son, your so lucky to have had a flash from the past while surrounded by the lavish decor that you have become accustom too. The overhead music, the luring aromas.... I to had these luxuries in my youth when perhaps I wanted to rule the world..Now I just want the world to leave me alone...., my 401k to rebuild... and quietly slip out of sight and retire. You do have my curiosity on your views on life's posing questions...

Kris said...

Danny and I often hear music that sends us back to other places. Sometimes you miss whole conversation because of this. Ah the love of music and old times.

Gerb said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane with Tears for Fears. I always sang along but never really thought about what the lyrics were saying.

To quote another song...

Live your life with arms wide open! Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.

annette said...

Tears for Fears is an old fav. of mine. (You have great taste in music ;) I don't get what the video has to do with the song, though.

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