Moments in time delicate as soap bubbles

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist

Bubbles in bottles have been around for a long, long time. That is a big game with kids … blowing bubbles and then trying to catch or pop them. A bubble that is giant, wobbly and delicate disappears in an instant because it is so fragile. It’s like time because we wake up one day and ask: Where has the time gone?

One summer when I was a child, our family vacationed in California where we visited relatives. We were the most excited about Disneyland in Los Angeles. We struck out early one June morning with our 1956 blue Ford loaded with vacation paraphernalia.

I was sure that while in California I would see Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. I knew I would run into Lucille Ball and Pinkie Lee, so my naiveté kept my imagination and anticipation high.

When we arrived in Los Angeles, we decided to stop to eat before we descended upon our kinfolk. Daddy spotted a hamburger drive-in place that he had seen advertised with the enticement of 29-cent hamburgers that could be done in five minutes. The advertisement had read: Only in California!

Daddy parked the car, and we all went up to the window to order. All the workers behind the window worked like bees to fill our order quickly. “Speed” was their motto. We watched the flurry of activity, and sure enough our order came in five minutes. We went out to sit on some benches with tables that the drive-in had in place for its customers.

We sat amazed at the steady procession of customers and discussed this new phenomenon in drive-ins. Daddy shook his head in amazement and asked, “Do you think places like this will ever catch on?”

That drive-in was McDonald’s. Since that time when we ate our first 29-cent hamburger, the delicate bubble of hours has become days, days have become weeks and weeks have made it to years. Daddy is gone, I am a grandmother four times over, Susie is a grandmother and mother is a great-grandmother!

Yes, with the passing of time, circumstances, events and situations in life do change. Nothing stays the same. Families change. New babies are born, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins are added to the clan. Children grow up and parents grow older. Mothers who have tended their children for years wake one morning to an empty house. A mother’s children are gone, and to her it only seems like yesterday that she was finishing cupcakes on an early school morning to take to the third-grade class Christmas party.

Life is unpredictable, and as life moves we go with it. The thing is we must enjoy the moment because change is inevitable, which causes the moments of our lives to be terribly delicate.

Yet, I have found that through all of life’s changes, I can always count on one area of my life to be consistent: Jesus. The Bible says: “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8.) The Christ we have today is the same Christ that fed the 5,000, calmed the sea, walked on the water, healed diseases and conquered death. If we trust Him, Christ can sustain us through the swelling tide of change, no matter what season of our lives or condition of the world or the transient moment of the hour. After all, delicate bubbles, whether in child’s play or a moment of time, are too soon gone.

Judy Brandon is an instructor at Clovis Community College. Contact her at: