listening to the time going by

At breakfast the other morning at our hotel, the piano player started up with “As Time Goes By”.

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You may notice that we did not have so many people joining us for the performance. We thought at first he was a guest who wanted to take advantage of the piano; the space and the time.

It was lovely by itself, but it also brought up a foundation memory–things that you can’t possibly forget. Or if you do, it better be because of some external medical issue.

We went to Casablanca on our first date. Of course, I mean the movie. We were in Jerusalem when we first met; that was enough of a trip to start a relationship. We continued going out for a few months, but I don’t remember the next movie we saw. I do remember going to a Bruce Lee kung fu movie there, but maybe after we were already married. That was also a trip. And no, I have not been to one since then.

So what does the song evoke? A full circle.

We were there, in Jerusalem, to celebrate our oldest granddaughter becoming a bat mitzvah. She already had a party with her friends in America the month before, but now was a time to be with family. All the grandchildren, their parents, and even a great-grandfather, were all there to be with her.

To celebrate.

As Time Goes By.

And what have I learned?

To celebrate before the time goes by.

And always stop to smell the flowers.

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