Hello out there!
Spring is in full swing just about everywhere! Here in Detroit, spring came several weeks earlier than expected and many of our flowering trees are already starting to fade, where they are usually in full bloom, just about Mother’s Day! The grass is green and has already been cut a few times in our complex. But that’s ok I’ll take any warmth we can get right now!
It’s the time of year where headlines read to do some spring cleaning, clean out the clutter, organize your mind to a clearer you!
Ok, so you decide to listen to them. You’ve stared at all your clutter during this pandemic, and it only seems to get worse. You have no motivation – it will be there tomorrow, what is the point? However, as the clutter piles up, it just makes you more anxious and you are longing for the day you can add another picture of the guys to your collection. 🙂
How many times have we thought – “I’m going to clean out that junk drawer today!” Only to go through each item, handle it lovingly and put it back in the drawer, but now it is at least organized a little bit, so you can shut the drawer more easily now? 🙂 And why, is this? It is because every little thing you picked up, held a memory. Whether it was that lost button you always meant to sew on, a marble you found on a walk in the woods, a small little trinket your grandchild gave you – or even, some little souvenir you bought at an Il Volo concert; that one precious ticket stub from Verona, or Taormina, or New York! It’s silly and childish, but you can’t throw it out. Because everything you picked up, held a memory; best of all – it made you smile. 🙂
You keep those memories hidden in a drawer and every time you decide to clean, all of these wonderful memories come flooding back. The way you felt when you first saw them. The memory of the anticipation of the first meet and greet. Your first front row seat. These are just priceless treasures we cannot throw out. We recall happier times and we all certainly need this right now. Some folks have a memory box to keep things in, just like your special drawer. As we get older, we are afraid we will lose our memories, and unfortunately, some of us will – but we will be instantly reminded of these moments. Those precious seconds and moments that make up our lives. How can we throw this stuff out? How do we explain to our children, spouse, or grandchildren what this means? It’s like throwing out our lives.
So, I encourage you to keep all of these memories, in hopes of making new memories – hopefully soon! Take more pictures to remember it by and add them to the drawer, or your phone albums.
I challenged each of you a while back to organize your memories and send us a picture! Rose Marie in Ohio, took me up on this challenge and the cover picture is one of the pictures she sent me!
Below is the other one! She bought a special bookcase of shelves, just to show off her precious memories!
It doesn’t have to be that elaborate, just something simple. I think most craft stores still sell those shadow boxes? Get a few of those and make one for each concert you attended, or each tour, if you went to more than one concert! The possibilities are endless!
I think Pat said she was close in finishing hers? 🙂 Ok, Pat – the challenge is on!