Thursday, September 23, 2010

For the Sake of Remembering

Once upon a time, there was a dear, dear sweet but disgruntled husband who said he must invest in an additional hard drive to store all of his wife's precious memories. He cringed at the idea of adding another terabyte simply to be filled up with photos. He scoffed at the cost of computer memory, space, external drives.
His wife told him, ‘I don’t care. Find a way.
I want to remember…

Those shoes.

Those tiny, busy, hands.

The deep little dimples.

The smiles. Oh God! Their innocent smiles.

The toys. The trains. The setting up.
The dress up. And cleaning up.

Freeze dance. The joy of their movement.

The stillness of naptime.
The cuddles. The hugs. The sloppy, wet, open, mouth toddler kisses.
Bun Bun, and the entire box of chocolate I ate when I thought Bun Bun was gone forever.

The garden.
The playground.
The walks to school.
The bedtime stories.

I want them to remember the details, and detours.

I want them to remember the safety of home, while a war rages on the other side of the world.

I want them to remember our three simple governing family rules and use them the rest of their lives… (“People are not for hurting.” “Everything has a proper place.” and “Conflict is resolved by talking”)

I want them to remember tickles. Hide-n-go-seek. Tic-tac-toe.
I want them to remember castles, cultures, and camping.

I want them to remember their family.'

So, that dear, dear, sweet but disgruntled husband found a way. He invested in another external hard drive.
He forced a smile when his wife said, “oh! I snapped another 400 gazillion photos today!” He relished in the memory of those 4 people who consumed their minds and hearts each and every day. He added memory, and space, and hard drives, and photos, for his wife. For the sake of remembering.


The Mommy said...

I just read in the news that Alzheimers is on the rise and then I checked your blog and found the heading, "For the Sake of Remembering." In conclusion, I think the more terabytes the better!

We have the technology to help us remember. How fortunate are we!? What a gift we are giving to our children and to ourselves with these special memories captured forever. And we say too...

"people are for hugging, not hurting."

Best wishes from the Scarabellos in Singapore and hugs to you all!

Mandy said...

I feel we are very very lucky to live the life we lead, and the photos remind us of that with every passing glance!