Good times never seemed so good
I’ve been inclined
To believe they never would – N. Diamond, Sweet Caroline
Neal Diamond’s classic has been sung in our house since our daughter, Caroline, was born. They sing this song at every Davidson basketball game to fire up the crowd and the team. I also wasn’t surprised to learn that they sing it at every Red Sox home game. Caroline went to Davidson and to Boston College for law school. The girl does have an impact.
Diamond begins the song with, “Where it began, I can’t begin to knowin’.” We have all experienced those moments, and will again, when it hits us that life “never seemed so good.” It might have been at the first glance at your future spouse, or the birth of a child, or that first real job, or simply on a morning like today in Charlotte when the snow is untouched and the sun is out, before traffic and slush mess up God’s masterpiece.
We have also all experienced, and will again, those moments when you were “inclined to believe (good times) never would” come again. It might have been when that first glance becomes a relationship that wasn’t meant to be, it might be when that baby leaves home to make it on his/her own, it might be at the loss of a friend or family member, or when it simply “hurts, hurtin runs off your shoulders.”
The good times and the bad times are part of every life. So let’s remember to sing during the good times, by reminding ourselves life is “good, so good.” And when bad times happen let’s all remember how to turn them into good times. All it takes is “Warm, touchin’ warm. Reachin’ out…Touchin’ me…Touchin’ you.”
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