A couple months ago, I wrote Memories That Make An Impression, and actually kind of forgot about it. (Ironic, isn’t it?) Then, the other day, I was sitting peacefully at the kitchen table when a very pleasant memory popped into my head. It was a memory from childhood, and it felt like it just happened yesterday. After the first memory, a flood of memories came back, and I thought I would share some more of them:
- Seeing my kids smile in their sleep for the first time. When I had my first child, I didn’t even know that newborns impulsively smile, and it is adorable when they do.
- Driving on a real road for the first time. My friend’s sister let us take turns driving her 30 foot long Thunderbird (I think it was) on side streets in our neighborhood. For some reason, I was so fascinated learning that ‘up’ is right for the blinker and ‘down’ is left.
- Cashing my first paycheck. I was 15 years old and I was working as a co-op student in the payroll department for our school district. I went to a party store that I heard would cash the check for a minimal fee, and I was so excited to finally have a check to cash! I just loved making my own money, and I always bought about 20 Swedish Fish each time I cashed that check. I still love Swedish Fish.
- The horror of the last week of my father’s life. To all you smokers out there, just please stop smoking. I cannot describe how awful the end of life can be for someone suffering from Emphysema.
- The people that came to my dad’s funeral , or sent cards/flowers.
- The people that supported my blog when I first started, and encouraged me to continue.
- Playing Canasta with my mom on Saturday afternoons as a child.
- Stealing home and ending up with a massive bruise on my leg in one of the last softball games I played in during my senior year of high school.
- The miracle of birth. I was never scared about delivery because I was just excited to meet that new person. Seeing that baby for the first time is like nothing else in the world.
- Getting eyeglasses for the first time. Unfortunately, it was right before kindergarten pictures. I looked so bad, but at least I could see.
- Waking up from a nap after having Lasik surgery, and being able to see perfectly well. I never had perfect vision my whole life, so it was astonishing to be able to read the news scrolling at the bottom of the tv screen, all the way from the couch, without contacts or glasses.
What about you? Do you have moments in your life that you think will stick with you forever? Just as a warning, I have a feeling that Part 3 might not be too far in the future…
I would love if you shared!