Brad Paisley’s Last Time for Everything reminds his fans of all those moments in their youth that will never happen again for them. A sad nostalgia for their glory days.
And on the day my eighth grader played his last soccer game with the friends he’s played with his entire life before they split off into various high schools, the song kept playing in my head. He may not ever play again in this world of “cut” high school sports.
But I find that life is funny and filled with surprises.
Yesterday, before heading off to his game, I found myself doing a few things that, at one point years ago, I thought I had done for the last time too. At 7am, I was in the basement of our school library with his robotics club making a poster with glittery letters. Was the last time I did that in middle school?
At 1:00, I was learning a new song in my piano lesson. Until two years ago, I last played when I was 18.
Then in a first time long after I should have had my last time, I blew my whistle coaching fourth grade boys’ basketball (which I have never played, but wanted to).
A few weekends ago, I roomed with my college roommate, making it, after almost thirty years, the new last time.
So, as I drove to my son’s last soccer game, I was less sad for him. He too will have fun with life’s surprises… his next times.