Monday, September 30, 2013

Twilight Zone: Walking Distance


Memories of one’s younger life and the adventures seem to blend into a massive joyful past.  Oh, how one longs for those days, thinking how marvelous it would be to be back in our own town for just one day. 

Think about the endless bike rides…Mom’s meatloaf…Velveeta cheese…the emergence of Kool-Aid and Sunbeam bread…

The successful stage play “Our Town” allows us to see what that day would be and how one’s memories are often mixed and convoluted into something very different.

Twilight Zonedoes that stir any memories in those of the 1960s?  This is one that clings to the theme which winds through the mind.


 Here is the beginning of Martin/Gig Young's thought in "Walking Distance":



What happens next?  After he makes that turn?



Watch the next few minutes, and see how it all works out.






Can anyone go home again?

20 comments:

  1. Only in memories and dreams Susan....only there and the faded photographs in the albums. If we spend our time back there we will miss experiencing everything there is here and now. Remember you had it, smile, and move on.

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    1. Oh, absolutely! Memories come in photographs and in small mental snapshots.

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  2. The emergence of kool aid, hasn't that always been around? lol

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    1. I really don't know when Kool-Aid came into being. It seemed to always have been!

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  3. Creating the present is a full time job; the past is ours, but on the whole does not impress my present grand kids. I try to go light.

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    1. Yours is one busy life! You have much to keep you in the present.

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  4. Echoing Delores. We can't go back, I don't want to go back - but I cherish those fleeting memories too.

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    1. The memories that hold special meaning to me are such slips of time that they would make no sense to anyone else.

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  5. Kool-Aid, Velveeta and Sun Beam, that's my childhood in a nutshell. :)

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    1. Velveeta is highly underrated. It makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches and mac & cheese.

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  6. I don't think anyone can truly go home. You may revisit the town you grew up in, but things have changed just as much as you have and the memories won't match what you now see. Much better to go back while looking forward to seeing how things have changed.

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    1. My home town is basically a shell of what it had been. Houses are empty or occupied by strangers. No, I don't enjoy seeing my home town as it is now.

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  7. i think, just like dorothy, there is a way to go home again but we don't know what it is----i love that scene in our town---love this post, susan!

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    1. Perhaps when we meet Christ, the people we love and loved is our way home.

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  8. Kool Aid always being around..... yes, that was what Zeus was drinking on Mt. Olympus and we thought it was ambrosia. I still get "The Twilight Zone" on radio. I'm not a fan of it anymore but I run into it once in a while.
    Street of regrets. I think I was always an obedient child but if I coud go back for just one day I'd be more aware of honoring everyone.

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    1. If I could do the same, I would thank the ones who helped me and my family. There were so many kind people who gave so freely to us and others who worked hard to keep our family clothed and fed.

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  9. This was a great Twilight Zone episode that I just saw recently on NetFlix. Speaking of "going back," they've tried to recreate the Rod Serling series, and it was never the same.

    Julie

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!