"A memory is a photograph taken by the heart to make a special moment last forever."
I think that one of the things I am most grateful for is the great memories that folks have left with me. Even to this day I find it hard to believe that I was able to do so much, see so much and meet so many people. I encountered some famous people along the way but my fondest memories are not of a momentary visit to the top of the mountain but rather the times I spent in the field sharing experiences with plain folks like myself.
As the years have gone by I have learned that there was something to like about people I met in other countries and in other cultures. Folks of different color, nationalities, religions and gender all added a richness to the tapestry that was woven in my memory as time went by. And the best part of it all is that it is the things we shared that happily live on as I reflect on the past. Thanks for being there.
I hope you like todays article as much as I do.
The Making of a Memory
One can’t predict when or where they will come from; those memories that stay with us a lifetime, and never fail to bring us warm fuzzy feelings. My husband had just finished loading his car; made one lap back through the house and then into the kitchen. 'I guess filling my thermos is all I have left to do, and then I’m off.'
Down the drain went the hot water that had been warming his thermos. With a very nostalgic look on his face he softly said, 'When I filled this with water earlier, I thought of your mum. In fact, anytime I fill my thermos I think her.' 'Oh honey, that’s so sweet. I know she’s watching and listening right now with a big smile on her face,' I responded as tears began to brim my eyelids. 'You know, I never fill my thermos that I don’t think of her, and I always smile too.' The tone in his voice was so tender as he spoke of my mother who is no longer with us.
Years ago we had been visiting my parents, and the morning we were leaving my mother watched as Jerry began to fill his thermos. Being the 'coffee drinker' in the family, he’s always placed himself in charge of thermos duties. Mum then casually offered up a tidbit of advice. 'Jerry, if you would fill your thermos with hot water and let it sit a while, your coffee would stay hot longer on your drive.'
The look on his face was priceless as her simple suggestion sunk in. Well of course it would! It only makes all the sense in the world! Who wouldn’t know that? He dumped the small amount of coffee already in the thermos, and ran the tap until it was at its hottest; then refilled with piping hot water. After pouring himself a fresh cup of coffee, he sat down to enjoy a few more minutes with mum, and to discuss this unique new idea.
Words of wisdom from a loving mother-in-law made an impact that will never be forgotten. When spoken that morning, Jerry didn’t realize he would always hear those words ringing in his ears, or that they would bring a smile to his face time and time again. And Mother would never have dreamed her words would be a treasured, and everlasting memory in the heart of her son-in-law.
The 'fondest, lasting memories' don’t necessarily come from 'major moments' in life, the making of a memory simply happens.
Written by Kathleene S. Baker
"So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good."
A sailor, while bringing flowers to a cemetery, noticed an old Chinese man placing a bowl of rice on a nearby grave. The sailor walked up to the man and asked, "When do you expect your friend to come up and eat the rice?"
The old Chinese man replied with a smile, "Same time your friend comes up to smell the flowers."
It's a very strange name they picked for "Social Security".
For what they actually send you, you can't afford to be "social" nor can you really feel "secure".
After Sunday service a young couple talked to the pastor about joining the church.
He hadn't met the husband before, so he asked what church he was transferring from.
The husband looked down at his feet and replied, "I am transferring from the Municipal Golf Course."
One nice thing about egotists: They don't talk about other people.
A man answers the phone and has the following conversation:
"Yes, mother, I've had a hard day. Jennifer has been most difficult - I know I ought to be more firm, but it is hard. Well, you know how she is. Yes, I remember you warned me. I remember you told me that she was a vile creature who would make my life miserable and you begged me not to marry her. You were perfectly right. You want to speak with her? All right."
He looks up from the telephone and calls to his wife in the next room: "Jennifer, your mother wants to talk to you!"
I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway.
A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"
His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?"
The son replied, "I do know!"
"Okay," said his father. "So, son, what does the Bible mean?"
"That's easy, Daddy. It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'"
Life, love, and laughter--what priceless gifts to give our children.
Phyllis Campbell Dryden
Two men sitting on a train are talking. One guy says, "Did you hear the one about the two Jews who are walking down the street..."
The other guy says, "Hold it! Why are you always telling jokes about Jews? I find it offensive. Why must they always be about Jews?"
"You're right," his friend replies and starts the joke again: "So, these two Chinese guys are walking down the street on the way to their nephew's bar mitzvah..."
It has taken me all my life to understand it is not necessary to understand everything.
She said: I had forgotten to get my estrogen patch prescription refilled, and soon the symptoms of menopause--hot flashes, forgetfulness, irritability--returned.
At the drugstore, I found myself telling the pharmacist all about my problems. After listening patiently, he asked, "So, how many people asked you to get this refilled?"
A local coffee shop has a way to make sure that children are well behaved.
A sign advises parents that all children left unattended will be given two shots of espresso and a free puppy.
Giving a man his physical, a doctor noticed several dark, ugly bruises on his shins, so he asked, "Do you play hockey, soccer, or any physical sport?"
"Not at all. I just play bridge with my wife."
Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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