As I previously indicated, we fell behind in our journaling for our Leaving a Legacy Journal project over the summer. So, this week’s questions are reflective of summertime memories. If you are creating your own journal, you may not be doing it by month, the way the book I’m using (A Father’s Legacy: Your LIfe Story in Your Own Words) sections out the questions. For those following along at home using the book, we are starting the month of July.
What I Almost Left in Vegas
I’ve shared a few times before that some of my best memories as a child were the trips I took with my dad each year. They started small (a weekend trip up to Duluth, MN) and grew to two weeks usually going out west and most of the time driving out through Las Vegas. My most memorable time in Las Vegas was when I was 16 years old. I had just got my license and my dad let me drive most of the way out west. We would eventually end up in Southern California where my dad’s sister (my aunt) and her 7 children lived. I always enjoyed spending time with them. But, this particular year was memorable for a number of reasons. First, I got to drive my dad’s new car. It was a black cadillac. I didn’t just feel “cool”, I WAS cool.
We arrived in Las Vegas and as you can imagine, it was hot! Of course, I wasn’t old enough to gamble (though I probably snuck in a nickel or quarter into those one-armed bandits as my grandma called them). The only place in Vegas that was kid-friendly was Circus Circus so that’s where we would go. As my dad spent time at the blackjack table I would spend time up in the arcade, playing pinball and arcade games. I won a rediculously sized St. Bernard stuffed animal that had to travel with us the rest of the trip. I ended up giving it to my younger sisters back in MN. I would also scout out good looking young women. Hey, I was a 16 year old young man. This particular year I did meet an attractive young woman and we became friends over the few days we were there. We laid in the sun out at the pool and chatted. I remember getting her number thinking, “this could be the one” haha. So naive at 16. One day as we were swimming, I lost my contact in the pool. Amazingly enough I found the contact. That was a good thing since my eyesight was terrible and I didn’t have any replacements. I would have had to have worn these coke-bottle bottom glasses that I used to simply get from the bathroom to the bed at night. Not cool. I remember getting into the car (remember BLACK Cadillac) and seeing the outside temperature at 115º. I couldn’t touch the steering wheel without searing my hands to the black plastic. It was a great trip and it was often the little, stupid things that made trips with my dad memorable. Maybe it was just being with him for those two weeks when the rest of the year I didn’t get that kind of time with him. I’m grateful for those trips and the memories that have lasted through the years.
Legacy Questions for the Week:
For your legacy journal, here are a few questions to respond to (remembering these are related to July in the book I have):
- Describe the most fun you ever had on the Fourth of July.
- Who is the most interesting foreigner you have ever met? What did this person help you learn about his or her culture?
- If you served in the Armed Forces, describe how your time in the service affected our life. If you did not serve, how did this affect your life?
- Have you ever believed so strongly in a cause that you marched in a rally or demonstrated in protest? What was the cause? Why was it important to you?
- What is the gutsiest thing you ever did in your life? Why did you do it?
- Where do you stand politically? Do you lean toward the left or the right? Who, if anyone, has most greatly influenced your current political views?
- Did a tragedy ever strike your family? If so, how did it affect you?
As you can see we are accelerating our progress a bit. Whereas we were mirroring the month and spreading out the questions so we would jump into the new month when the book did, we are behind. So we will speed up our journaling just a bit more for the next few weeks until we catch up. I pray you are finding this effort worthwhile. It may cause you to remember some really fun times in your past or conjure up some difficult times. It’s likely making you think about some things you haven’t thought of in a long time and may even shed some light on how and why you react today the way you do to certain things or circumstances.
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