Graduations, weddings, births, holidays and celebrations: these are events which I’ve spent a lot of energy, time and money on over the years. I tell myself that they are important occasions that deserve my attention because I’m making memories for myself and those involved. But when I look back at my favourite times with people who have died, it’s not these events that are the cherished memories. I can hardly remember any of these fancy occasions.
Ordinary Life Holds Memories
My cherished memories come in the form of regular, ordinary living.
I remember sitting on the porch and laughing with Nancy on a hot summer day.
I remember racing to finish the crosswords with Dad.
I remember my Grandmother struggling to read the box of the new-fangled frozen “pizza” she’d bought especially for her visiting grandchildren.
These are all quiet times when I wasn’t distracted by ceremonies, decorations or gifts. They are pleasant moments of every day life.
Day To Day Life Is Golden
I don’t need to go away on holiday or spend a lot of money on fancy clothes, to make wonderful memories for myself and those around me. These memories are happening every day when I share a walk or an ice cream or a chat with someone else. They don’t cost anything except time and attention.
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