Archive for October, 2012

Bringing Back The Memories

“Songs and smells will bring you back to a moment in time more than anything else. It’s amazing how much can be conjured with a few notes of a song or a solitary whiff of a room. A song you didn’t even pay attention to at the time, a place that you didn’t even know had a particular smell.” – Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed

What stirs memories in you?

I remember walking along the hard, foreign streets of the city one morning and as a woman bustled past me she left a trail of Youth Dew in her wake. Suddenly I didn’t feel so alone. It was the same perfume my aunt always wore and it comforted me.

Just a few notes of “Stranger on the Shore” can take me straight back to my childhood, and lazy afternoons with my father as he listened to his favourite recording of Acker Bilk.

It’s sad that we can’t capture these things in the way we can capture an image.

But isn’t it wonderful that, when we have these incredible moments of remembering, we can grasp a photo or an etched image and look once again into the face of the person you are thinking of? There is never a memory without a special someone connected with it, is there?

You might not think you are sentimental but one day…one day… a sound or a smell will stop you in your tracks and you will find a part of yourself you didn’t know existed.

Enjoy your memories.

Building Memories With Your Children

One of the great aspects of being a parent is that you play such an important role in the life of your children. As they grow up, they will look back at the times you have shared together. That is why it is important that you spend time with them, creating and building memories that last throughout your lives.

Remembering past events, activities or accomplishments as they get older is perfect for reminiscing at family events such as birthday parties, Christmas time or just over a family meal. Those “Do you remember the time…” conversations are always the ones which bring most laughter with them.

What is important is that as your children grow you can help to build these memories. This may be through old toys that you have kept once outgrown, such as an old teddy bear that may have been their best friend when they were young. You may also have some clothes, school reports or even kept trophies as a result of an award they may have won for sport or dancing. Photographs also play a key part of your memory building as they capture that point in time. These photographs may be taken on the first day they went to school, be it primary school, high school or even University.

Being able to build these memories is fun as a parent, so make sure you take the time to take that photograph, keep that old toy or teddy bear as well as anything else that was part of your child’s life. Make sure you take the time to play with your children, to hold them and love them. Take the time to read their favourite book with them or take afternoon tea with teddy.

Being a parent is an honour and being part of a treasured memory is even better.