We have celebrated 2011 Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Fathers Day, and Fourth of July. Still to come we have Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Note for those who want to get an early start: there is only 143 shopping days left until Christmas.)
As I wrote in last week's column, I do enjoy the Fourth of July and now it has come and gone.
Holidays are slow to arrive in a child's eye but as an adult they seem to come more quickly. Senior Citizens celebrate one birthday, turn around and the next one is here.
I was recently having a nice conversation with a young man I watched grow up. He was getting ready for his 25 year class reunion. He commented on how fast the years had gone by. I was quick to let him know the next 25 would not slow down.
It is hard to calculate time. We know the facts -- 60 seconds in a minute; 60 minutes in an hour; 24 hours in a day; seven days in a week; 52 weeks in a year. We know the truth is time does not pass faster at 6 or 60. Time did not change, our lifestyles have changed.
I took a few hours off on weekdays to go to the movies and to the swimming pool/park with my grandchildren.
I have not been to the movies or swimming in a long time but I have to say it was fun, we got free popcorn on Tuesday and Paragould has a wonderful swimming pool.
Like everything else, movie theaters have come a long way since we enjoyed a Sunday afternoon movie in our own rural town theaters. Movie goers today have lots of choices with the cinemas showing movies for all ages and interests at the same time.
In my day we had only three channels on television and got to watch whatever was showing that week at theater. We could go see the matinee or the evening show on Saturday or matinee on Sunday. I think from time to time there was a midnight show but I was never allowed to stay out late enough for the late show. We only had one movie showing at any given time. We could get in for 50 cents and buy a bag of popcorn and drink for 50 cents. For $1 we could have a great time. I am sure that dollar was just as hard for my parents to come by as $10 is today.
I have been told that at one time some small towns, including Manila, had two movie theaters. When I moved to Manila in the early 1960s, if I remember correctly, there was only one operating. Manila had Tipton Theater and Leachville had the Melody Theater. I am sure other towns had theaters I just didn't venture out much further. I did go to the Ritz in Blytheville a few times and our family would go to the drive-in movie in Blytheville occasionally. It was a great treat for all of us.
Young people do so much today they don't really have the excitement we had for a shopping trip on Saturday, a bought pizza, or an ice cream cone.
I was a country kid but I always wanted to live in town so I could walk to the swimming pool. We got to come to the pool occasionally but I just knew in my mind if I lived in town I could go every day. I will never know if it would have happened but to this day I still like living in town. Manila city officials are working toward a new swimming pool complex in Manila. Hopefully, it will become a reality for the future generations.
Our next holiday will be Labor Day and it doesn't come around until Sept. 5 but there is still time for a few good vacation weeks before the kids have to go back to school. Take advantage of the time we have with family. Like I said before, time passes and we can't get it back.