My dad’s mental health continues to decline. He has recently been placed in a long term care facility south of Cincinnati. But at the rate that his mind and memory is declining, he might not be there for very long. (I plan to visit him next week.)

Today, my Uncle Wilbert and Aunt Kathy were able to come to Vanleer, Tennessee to get some of my Dad’s things. I took Sean and Joseph and we helped to load a U-haul trailer with some of my Dad’s possessions (couch, recliner, bookcase, and a lot of odds and ends) to take back to make his new place feel a little more homey.

As I went went through many of my Dad’s belongings, I couldn’t help but see things that swept me back to memories from many, many years ago … like this picture that they bought in the ’70’s when we lived in Korea. It has has hung on the walls of my parents’ homes for decades.

As we were leaving, I wanted to stop and take a few more pictures.

We stopped first at the cemetery where my Grandpa and Grandma Ellis are buried. Some of my earliest memories were of Grandpa and Grandma driving me to Vanleer to visit my Great-Grandma Spears. Now, their bodies rest in the cemetery a couple of miles from where my Great-Grandma once lived.

Fortunately, God allowed Kim to get to know my grandparents as we were dating and then during our first years of marriage. My Grandma absolutely loved Kim.

Then, I stopped on the Yellow Creek bridge to take a couple of photos. The bridge is now a double-lane concrete structure but it used to be a single-lane rickety wooden structure without any railings.

Below the bridge, my grandparents and parents used to take us swimming. But that was about 40-45 years ago.

It’s crazy how quickly time passes and how certain things can temporarily sweep us back to moments decades ago.