There is nothing new under the sun. A wise man once wrote this a very long time ago. As we hurtle through time to infinity, this fact becomes evermore real in its manifestations to the society we live in. This was especially true for me today as I relived a place from my childhood. I stopped in at a local COLES supermarket in Kingsbury, Melbourne. It will close indefinitely tomorrow evening to make way for a new development incorporating a conglomerate of stores and residential apartments. Something that is happening all across Melbourne.
The store was empty, devoid of the spirit that made it what it once was. There had been a Target store attached at one stage. The Target closed and moved on some years ago now. The shelves are half empty here at COLES as I move through the no longer labelled aisles looking for Mineral water and some kind of cheese and bacon rolls. I found the mineral water, but no cheese and bacon rolls. I had to settle for mini pizzas.
This was the supermarket that my Mother would bring my Brother, Sister, and myself every Saturday afternoon for the weekly grocery shop. There was always the hope that we could coax her into Target so that we could buy the latest toy. In my case it was always the newest LEGO kit on the market. There were some great memories associated with this place.
However, that is all they can be now. We can never relive the past once it has become history. We try to, boy do we try to. It manifests itself in the Television shows that we watch. In the music we listen to. In the video games we play. Trying to relive that one moment in history that we remember. Sometimes not so accurately. Would we really be willing to live through some of those days again? For me the answer is no.
Childhood and adolesence were periods in my life. I have fond memories and I have regrets. That is what life is, a series of decisions everyday. A series of decisions in which we shape the course of our life and who it is that we become. We can savour moments of this. That is what memories are about. But after that we move on. We change, we grow. And then we prune some more so that we can grow even more.
Bob Dylan said it best:
Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’
“Do you want cash out sir?” The girl at the checkout asks me as I stare blankly into space. I am lost in my thoughts again. Thoughts of those days long since gone. “No thank you I reply.” I walk out of the COLES that I have walked into so many times before. One last time I look back. The moment is gone now. The store is soon to be gone as well. Vanished in the wind.
(C) 2014 by Christopher McLeod for Aflatmajor.com