Who knew? Frito Lay is celebrating it’s 75th year of making Frito’s Corn Chips by making a specially marked bag. The bag is labeled in the upper left hand corner “Limited Anniversary Edition.” Did you know our grandparents probably enjoyed them as kids too? Many of us have kids and grand kids that still prefer them to other snacks.
Anniversaries are a wonderful thing, don’t you think? They arrive precisely on time and will always remind of us of the decisions we made that helped notch another year. No all anniversaries remind us of good things, though we prefer not to think of them in such a light.
Each year I remember, as an anniversary, many events that have happened in my life, so many you’d think I was obsessed. I remember the big things of course, like the day my father died when I was nine, then three days later when he was buried. For years I recalled this time with sadness until I learned to ‘reframe’ the anniversary through positive eyes. Reframing is a wonderful thing too, but that’s for another blog. My real father was an alcoholic and reached a point where he could no longer support our family. In fact everything in life had been stripped away from him because of the drinking. He finally lost his battle and died just days before his 39th birthday. How on earth does one find the positive in this? After his death my mother was able to receive enough social security for the four of her children that she was always able to provide for us. So in his passing, my father actually made it possible to have resources to live.
I remember when I became a Believer. It was October 3rd, 1971 and it utterly changed my life. Because of my faith I avoided so many pitfalls other kids easily fell prey too. I had an anchor through those years that has stayed with me. Without fail I remember that day and make of point of mentioning it to my kids each year just to highlight its impact on my life.
Some anniversaries become milestones. A milestone is more significant then a mere anniversary because it suggests reaching a point that required perseverance to arrive at. Wedding anniversaries, employment anniversaries and the like all hold significance in our culture and we often commemorate them with engraved gifts.
In the Bible, Genesis has recorded in it some milestones which were commemorated by the building of an altar. In each case the altar was used one time, but always remained as a reminder of some significant work God had done in their lives. Any time doubts crept in about the steadfastness of God’s handiwork in their lives, they could pass by these monuments to revisit the importance of the event being celebrated.
This month holds an anniversary for me, it was during this week just one year ago I was contacted by a gal in Santa Cruz and asked to join her Yahoo 360. Joining meant I had to create my own of course. I didn’t really use my 360 until August of 2006 when I began to blog for the first time but this week holds some significance for me. My first three friends were Suzie (she invited me), Monica, and Connie, others followed and many have become close friends.
The last half of April is a good time for me, I enjoyed a bag or two of Limited Anniversary Edition Frito’s last week, watched my car turn over the 200,000 mile mark, remembered I purchased my timeshare at the beach just two years ago, and realized I was completing one full year of 360 life. Some day perhaps this week will be more than a mere anniversary, for now however, it is satisfying to know it’s now on my annual radar. All it took for me to recall it was a bag of Fritos.
What anniversaries or milestones do you remember without fail?
Thanks for reading this far. Don’t forget to brush your teeth after the Frito’s!