Nostalgia always seems to have an overlay, a gloss, of sentimentality. nostalgia confers a longing, a wistfulness for time past.
There are two tensions that come with nostalgia--perhaps, more--and often we occupy both of these tensions at once
--too bad we didn't know then what we know now
--I'm so glad I didn't know then what I know now.
Like the difference between stained glass and white washed walls, both hold a certain aesthetic.
For now, what was (nostalgia) and what could be (hope) feels absolutely unknowable.
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