Since my recent birthday, I have been quite reflective and pensive. I have concluded that Memories are the staircase to our most treasured things. Share a great memory, and why/how it affects you now.
I thought this would be a no brainer, I have a ton of great memories. Memories of family and friends, places and things, special events and achievements. How to pick one? What makes this one special? How does it affect me now? "Rosebud."
Every life has it's own share of struggles, failures, missteps, tears and tragedies. Mine is no different. At the end of the day, this is what I remember the most.
My grandmother with my cousin Harley
My grandmother always, always had a smile for us
My father as a young man
My uncle Doug
My aunt Barb
My cousins Carly and Melanie
My cousin Jason
My father's parents
Grandma and Grandpa Craig
My cousin Jenny
My aunt "Leenie" and cousin Todd
My aunt Deb holding her grandchild Hanna
My cousin Chris with his wife Krista and their daughter Alicia
(pre the arrival of their son Austin)
My aunt Karen and my father
the throw your head back, let it all out,
big booming laughter
Grandpa Craig, Doug, Marlyn, my mom
Impossible not to laugh along with them
My aunt Judy and my grandmother
My aunt Jean and uncle Leo
I miss my uncle's great big laugh
My mom and cousin Adam
My cousin Sherry and I
My most treasured memory, family. The whole, great big mess of it that's mine. The noisy, nosy, laughing, loving, always there for you bunch. Whether it's a pat on the back, a shoulder to cry on or a kick in the pants, they're there to oblige.
At the end of it all, if the smiles, the laughter out weigh the tears and teen angst, it's been a pretty good ride. Don't you think?