You know how trends get started, right? A few of the cooler people start saying/wearing/creating something that's a tad different than the normally accepted style/technique and then an edgy magazine will utilize this new thing in a few photographs, then a celebrity will start tweeting about it and then if you're lucky, a rock star will pick it up.... voila! You've got a trend.
Let's talk about all the trends I missed...a few of these on purpose:
- fingerless gloves
- parachute pants
- members only jacket
- stirrup pants
- swatch watches
- pogs & pokemon
- grunge rock (Nirvana, Pearl jam)
- Converse "Chucks"
Ones i wish I'd missed:
- shoulder pads
Very late to:
- cell phone
- call waiting
- blue nail polish
My parents did not listen to music...ever. I can remember going to the record section at Sears and not knowing what to get. I kept looking at Iron Butterfly's In a Gadda Da Vida cover and trying to muster up the guts to buy it.
So whenever I was fortunate enough to be able to buy records, i would play them until the needle had to be replaced on the turntable. Here is a short list of my first 45's:
- Sooner or Later - the Grass Roots
- Hey Jude - Beatles
- Eric Burdon and War - Spill the Wine (I have no idea how or why I acquired this)
- Lay Down - Melanie - Check out these lyrics:
"Lay down, lay down, lay it all down
Let your white birds smile
At the ones who stand and frown
We were so close, there was no room
We bled inside each other's wounds
We all had caught the same disease
And we all sang the songs of peace"
OMG! Totally typical 60's
crap. My best friend and I couldn't understand what she was saying in the chorus. We thought it
was "Lay Down, Lay Down, Lay it all down, Let your white bird smile up, at
one plain and brown." ( I thought it was a racial slur.)
I'm proud to say my musical tastes have improved.
But the saddest, most important thing I was late for:
I was in favor of receiving it.
But giving it was different.
As I enter into the "middle ages", it has become easier for me to realize that people do dumb, selfish things all of their lives because of human nature, lack of nurture, pride and stupidity. Knowing this releases me from judgment. I used to unconsciously categorize people: "divorced", "addict", "smoker", "unfaithful", "narrow-minded", "backslider", "liberal", "lazy", "thief", "psycho", etc. Now I intentionally try to see the whole person. I was raised like many others, thinking a good Christian was always in the right. What the heck is a "good Christian" anyway? The only categories I want people to put me in is "good mother", "supportive and loving wife", "creative", "fun", and "full of God's grace".
People, Hop on Grace. Do not miss it.
I'm sorry I was late giving grace, Lord. Thank you for spilling your grace all over us with the intention that we pick it up and carry it to someone else.
And thank you that grace is not a trend. Amen.
In the interest of full disclosure, I think you should know that I still put people in the "psycho" category.