Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Moments to Memories

Are there specific moments in time that you remember as if they happened yesterday? Some of these memories are clearer than anything that actually happened yesterday.  Are there times you can recall so vividly they will never be forgotten?  Tonight I was reminded of one of those moments, or in this case maybe it was hours, that I will never forget.  All it took was a song and the memory flooded back. It made me think there are some moments, they may have lasted only minutes, maybe hours, but they are such a part of your memory that they will never be forgotten.  Lord willing.

I found this little quote after I wrote this entire post....
Dr. Seuss and I have a lot in common....I always did like him!

You never know "in the moment" that it will be forever remembered.  There was that starry night in Asheville, North Carolina when we celebrated our 20th anniversary with another special couple. We laid out on the driveway in the dark to look at the millions of stars, meanwhile  TJ  snuck up on us and scared us to death.  There was that trip to Crested Butte, Co with another friend and her daughter when our girls sang a song by the Dixie Chicks for the entire drive to the wrong airport.  The song Goodbye Earl will always have a special place in my heart because I will remember two young teenage girls giggling and singing in the back seat while we two moms navigated our way through most of Colorado without the help of smart phones or GPS devices.

The sky did not look like this!
I will never forget those 10 minutes I spent sitting in a car in front of a dormitory at the University of Notre Dame. I had just dropped off my oldest daughter for her overnight dormitory stay during our visit to the campus.  It was her senior year in high school and we were doing the college campus tour thing.  She had not been accepted anywhere yet, it was only November.   The weather was lousy... cold, drizzly and grey.  Not weather that says, "This is heaven on earth and you want to spend the next four years here."!  But I dropped her off, watched her go inside the dorm and uncontrollably broke down in tears because it was at that moment I knew she was gone.  This was "her place", the place she belonged.... and I cried like a baby.  This 10 minutes is as vivid as if it happened yesterday.

I have childhood memories in little snapshots.  Pictures in my mind.  They are all there as bright as day.  Who knows why those particular pictures have stayed in my memory.  Some of them are pivotal points in my life, others are just regular days that take you by surprise when they become memories.

Tell me about one of your moments that has become a vivid memory!


Tara Prejean said...

My son Jonathan was 4 years old. We were laying across my bed talking about the progression of school. He was currently in pre-school at our church and would be going to kindergarten in 4 months at Riveroaks Elementary. I explained that when he finished high school he would be going off to College. He would probably live on campus. At that moment Jonathan started crying and said, "but momma I don't want to go to college! I don't ever want to leave you by yourself. Who will take care of you?" I explained to him that by the time he was in high school he would be looking forward to college. But he continued to sob saying, "Never!" He went to college at Southeastern and enjoyed every minute. His birthday never goes by that I don't think of the day that he worried about leaving his momma. In 18 days he will be starting a new life with his beautiful wife Kim. But I will always remember that special time.

Lisa said...

What a sweet memory Tara! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on the wedding, enjoy the moments!

rachnd1213 said...

Note to self. Do not read Mom's blog at work. Because if someone walked up right now to see if I wanted to go to lunch, they would see that I'm crying. Moments.

Lisa said...

Sorry you cried at work. I guess this may have taken you by surprise. It's all true....and I will never forget.

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