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By Heather Green Summer

 

Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off summer activities. Pools open, schools close for summer, and baseball is in full swing (pun intended). Since becoming a mother, I can’t help but get a little nostalgic this time of year, especially when dressing the little one in head-to-toe safety equipment so she can ride her bike. I remember…

  • Riding bikes everywhere without helmets or safety gear
  • My cousins, brothers, and me riding in mom’s “land yacht” without seatbelts
  • Drinking from a water hose in the backyard
  • Watching fireworks while sitting on the hood of the family car
  • Riding big wheels down the hill in the backyard
  • Roller skating around the neighborhood
  • Coming home when the sun started to set
  • Bug catchers
  • Chasing lightening bugs and butterflies
  • Running after the ice cream truck
  • Playing baseball in the street
  • Lemonade stands

It’s alright to get nostalgic this time of year – we can reflect on how much times have changed. As cars have gotten smaller, safety needs have increased. Toddlers and children require sophisticated car seats with latch systems. Children two years of age and younger should be rear facing. There are so many new regulations regarding safety, it is difficult for parents to keep up with them. This alone can make anyone nostalgic for a simpler time.

 

But as much as we can reflect on how things have changed, we can rejoice in what does not change. God. His presence and His love for us is constant. “Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol Him all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” (Psalms 117:1-2)