July 6, 2003

By Michael Strickland


In recent months, my father has waxed nostalgic, scanning and sending photos to the rest of the family in a daily email entitled "Memories" (I might have suggested "The Other Daily Strick"). The images have ranged from vintage photos of my ancestors to pictures from recent family get-togethers. It's been a daily treat seeing what new memory from our family's diverse history he digs up.

Just a couple of days ago, he sent the picture you see displayed here. As I mentioned in a previous column, zoology was my first passion. From almost as early as I can remember, I wanted to study monkeys and apes "when I grew up." Thus, it was quite a treat when we visited Marriott's Great America theme park and got a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the animal shows. My cousins performed with dolphins and this chimpanzee, and introduced me to the animals during our visit. It was a heady experience for a young boy with apes on the brain.

Having since "grown up," I sometimes look back on the zigzag of my career path and see the road not taken that led to the African bush. Do I have regrets? Sure. Does everyone have regrets from time to time? Probably. Regret and nostalgia walk hand in hand. It's difficult not to look back and wonder "what if."

Each decision we make, each step we take in life, sets us off on a new course in the vast web of destiny that we create from birth to death. Infinite possibilities exist between those two points. It can be simultaneously fascinating and disheartening to contemplate the countless courses one's life could have taken—and yet may take.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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July Columns:

7/21: Hiatus
7/17: Death Ship
7/16: The Da Vinci Code
7/15: Bad Moon Rising
7/14: Adios, Compay
7/13: Ty Odeh
7/10: Muse
7/6: Memories
7/4: On the Road Again
7/3: Onion Valley
7/2: Happy Independence Day
Previous months in The Archive

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