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Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for "Jack and Diane" (Thing)

Welcome to 6 word Saturday/A to Z blogging.

slash what a great word. sa-lash!

Here's my 6:

John Cougar Mellencamp is a liar.

In the summer of 1982, John Cougar Mellencamp lied to me.  He did so daily, sometimes 3-4 times a day.  Even now sometimes  in an elevator, at a grocery store, a dentist's office or on pandora he continues to lie to me.

He says in his song Jack & Diane that life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone.  When I was 18 and I thought about John, Jack, Diane, The Tastee Freeze et. al.  I just assumed that John was right  and  at some point the thrill of life would eke out and I should enjoy life while I could.

33 years after that song I must say that while life indeed goes on, it does not and did not in my case outpace the thrill of living.  I believe major events in 1982, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005 and other smaller events scattered throughout my life have helped the thrill of living live on in my life.  These years are all the beginnings of important relationships in my life.

1982.  I became a Christian.  Some people view embracing Christianity as a get out of Hell free card.  To me, it gave life a purpose that continues to this day.  That purpose is to love God and live in a way that glorifies in him.


1990.  I made a life long friend.  That friend and I could laugh together shop together, play and watch sports together and in the years we were in different states and or countries exchange meaningful correspondence and stay close even though apart.

1998.  17 years ago today, in fact, I married that friend.  As long as I have Amy by my side the thrill of living is alive and well.

1999.  Our first daughter is born.  2001,  Our son is born. 2005.  Our 2nd daughter is born.

When you have kids, you see the thrill of living again through a fresh set of eyes.

So, John Mellencamp, know this.  Holding on to 16 is one thing, never losing the joy, curiosity and zeal for life is quite another.  I'll choose the latter.  But a chili dog does sound kind of good about now.

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  1. He certainly did lie if my life is anything to go by! Interesting post.Happy A-Z!

  2. Exactly, thrill isn't limited to 16 y.o. hijinks, sock hops, and soda shops.

  3. love this! I'll take the road after age 16! I'm in my 70's now and am glad to be here- it's been a fun ride ( of course with some hard lessons to learn!) Have a great day!

  4. This is a great post! Thanks for your writing.

  5. Ah, but you held on to 16 in the heart of you. That's half the battle. Too many the same age as me aren't living, only existing. And it is true that no one has REAL life until they have Christ.
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  6. Thanks everyone, for seeing the truth, ha ha.

  7. I agree with you completely. Hold onto the joy and the wonder, it keeps you alive!
    I hope you had a lovely anniversary!


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