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Bedford was trip down memory lane

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 6:50 PM

BEDFORD - It has been said that our past has a way of catching up with us.

As I get older, I find that is true, not in a bad way, but certainly it can be very ironic at best.

Tuesday was a trip down memory lane for me when I went to Bedford North Lawrence High School to cover the boys and girls cross country sectionals.

Because of new realignment, teams from Eastern Greene and Bloomfield were assigned to the BNL Sectional.

If memory serves, it has been well over a decade since any of the Greene County teams had participated at Bedford.

For me personally, it has been 17 years since I had been on that challenging course, featuring rolling hills.

When I was working at the Sullivan Daily Times in the mid-90s,

Sullivan and North Central ran at the Terre Haute Sectional before advancing to Bedford for the regional and semistate, if memory serves.

I can remember it like it was yesterday, it was a sunny, pleasant fall Saturday morning in October 1995.

I had only been married five years to my wife Trish and my daughter Taylor was 3.

I don't recall a lot about the race, but what I remember most came afterwards in the parking lot, before we took off for an excursion that went through the Big Lots in Bedford and a family dinner.

I was using my newspaper's Canon AE-1 Program camera loaded with black and white film, many days before digital photography.

I snapped a picture of my smiling daughter - she was always smiling back then -- as she rested on the shoulders of Trish.

But unlike today where a photographer can instantly tell how good or bad their work is, 1995 was a different time.

Back in those days, we had to develop our own film. We had a darkroom at the paper that seemed more like a dungeon that was filled with smells of the chemicals that were needed to process photographs.

I will spare you the details of how we made negatives and then prints, but needless to say it wasn't quick. It would be near an hour before you could tell how lucky you were.

I don't remember being dissatisfied with my cross country photos, as sometimes I would be, but all I remember is the picture of my daughter.

Taylor's hair was blowing in the gentle breeze as I captured one of those perfect moments. Of the thousands of photographs I have taken professionally and personally, there have only been a few other times where I believe the image was perfect.

So during the sectional Tuesday where Eastern Greene's Hannah Resler and Bloomfield's Alli Workman and Parker Ramsey qualified for Saturday BNL Regional, I could not help but drift back to that day some 17 years ago.

My wife, who passed away a little more than a year and half ago, was healthy and my daughter was filled with the innocence of a toddler.

I will be making the trek back to BNL Saturday for the regional, again reminiscing about the good old days.

Little did I realize how perfect that moment in time was? But life usually has a way of teaching us lessons about appreciating every little moment, even if they are 17 years in making.

Lucky for me, that moment is not only captured in my mind, but also on photo paper.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at hargisbj@gmail.com.

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