My mother-in-law is one of the toughest people I’ve ever known. She has suffered with illnesses, and handicaps all of her 80-years. She’s the type of person that if she ever says she’s hurting (which she rarely, ever says), means it’s probably an 8-10 on the scale of pain for us normal humans. She’s never had a driver’s license, never traveled far from home. At this stage in her life her body is just wearing out from the medications, the injuries, and probably, from missing her husband who died a few years back.
As she has started experiencing some dementia, we remind her that certain people are gone, or this one is now grown and has kids. Recently, while sitting with her in the hospital, she asked about her father-in-law. He died a number of years ago, and when told so, she replied, “You don’t think about remembering.”
How profound. Do you “think” about remembering? Maybe it’s time to do that. Recall the people who have blessed you, helped you, spoke into your life, been there for you. Savor the sweet times of life with the people who made it sweet. Remember that time you laughed and laughed until you were in tears? Who was there? What was it like?
Maybe it is time to remember; to capture those experiences, the smells, the sounds, the colors, the people, so that you can carry them into the future for that time when…you will need to remember.