“Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.” — Mary Schmich, “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young,” Chicago Tribune (1997-06-01)
“Yet he was bored. His boredom was like a nostalgia for the whole world. He was homesick for everywhere but here.” — Christopher Isherwood, The Memorial
“No loss is felt more keenly than the loss of what might have been. No nostalgia hurts as much as nostalgia for things that never existed.” — Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman
“Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth.” — Mason Cooley, City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection (1987)
“Between the black of yesterday and the white of tomorrow is the great gray of today, filled with nostalgia and fear of the future.” — Roger Zelazny, He Who Shapes
“We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think that yesterday was better than today. I personally don’t think it was — and if you’re hung up on nostalgia, my advice is to pretend that today is yesterday and go out and have a helluva time.” — Art Buchwald, Commencement Address, University of Southern California (1993-05-07)
We’re talking, creating new memories. Memories that remind.
A daughter, my son, a sibling. They recall a time together.
Good times, family time, quality time.
Some I don’t remember. Some happened when I was younger than they are today. Memories that remind.
I’m still getting used to having old stories to tell.
They’re younger than I am.