Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Though there isn’t a personality trait — in any scheme I am aware of anyway — called nostalgia, I can easily imagine one, perhaps ranging from “lost in the past” on one end of the continuum to “cutting-edge modern” on the other. In such a scheme I wouldn’t fall all the way over into the “lost in the past” side of things as I do enjoy many modern conveniences, but I would definitely fall left of center. Even as a child I loved all things old and still have the collection of antique “tiny bottles” I started when I was five or six years old. I recall spending hours looking through my Mom’s collection of antique books, gazing at her collectibles and thinking about what the families were like, who enjoyed our furniture before it became a part of our household artifacts. Once I could read, my favorite stories were of times long past.

In keeping with the personality theme, I am delighted to note that my daughter shares this sense of intrigue and interest in times long gone. In these last six years its been a joy to share with her stories, activities, and movies I loved as a child. I’ve toyed with passing along my antique dresser to her (the one my parents picked up at a garage sale when I was an infant and that I’ve kept with me ever since) but still am not quite ready to part with it, if even to move it across the hall.

Whether it’s nature or nurture that spurs on our sense of wonder for things from the past, we’ll never know. But I do know this: at present a favorite pastime of ours is to let our imaginations reach back along the time-space continuum. Nostalgia, for us, is not just in the past — it’s sure to be part of our futures too. What’s old is new again.

© Erica K O’Shea at “growthandpossibility.wordpress.com”, 2013.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Very nicely done! Nostalgia as in touching the past with modern hands! Love it.

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