Just curious….how many of you find yourself thinking of something throughout the day and wonder….”Why am I thinking about that???” or “Where did that come from?”
I found myself there this morning. Recalling some of the worst and best memories in my life. From fights with my mother to the recollection of the enormous tapestry on my paternal grandmother’s living room wall. And that is where I want to land today as it is obvious to me that today is a day of remembering and reminiscing.
I guarantee that there is not a single one of her grandkids who does not relish the fond memory of our stately four-legged friends we affectionately named Holly, Molly, Polly and Dolly. They were the most beautiful specimen of horses I’d ever seen in artwork and they were my friends. Many hours they watched over my sister, cousins and I as we napped on the davenport (that’s a couch for you young folks), strung buttons, “operated” on Mammaw with her suitcase-sized manicure set while she “watched” her ‘stories’ AKA Soap Operas and took a nap herself. Smart woman, she was.
As I look at our society today, these are the things that are missing. The friends in the tapestry, the summer breaks with ALL of the cousins, the planting and pruning of a garden, running through the sprinkler, building ‘a house’ out of pine needles, napping in the cool shade, baking mud pies in pot pie tins and going for long walks that ended in a picnic by the creek. Adventure and imagination………..that’s what my grandmother gave us!!!!
Mammaw passed in 1997, but had she lived, she would be 95 years old in a few days. It’s funny how life events cause you to see things differently…… more clearly. In the past two years, I have sat with one sister of my youth as she buried her 9 year old daughter, lost my absolute longest and bestest friend ever in my maternal grandmother and most recently, mourned with my other life-long friend as her mother was laid to rest. This feeling of sheer mortality is not something that you can properly convey to another person. I am grateful to know that each of these ladies knew Christ prior to their passing. I know they are happy and not suffering with illness or infirmity any longer. But ironically, my focus of late has been this……am I leaving that same type of legacy?? Do you ever wonder what people would say about you if you passed away today? Do you ever consider what impact you are making on those around you? Do you ever wonder?