Why memories are so important. How many of you measure your success in marriage on the amount of ‘stuff’ you get and give each other.
Some of you do. Let me ask you about your best childhood gift from when you were 9 years old…OK, think about it, I’ll wait…
Unless you are some kind of a savant, you won’t remember the toy, trinket, doll, BB gun or anything else you got that year.
The stuff which makes lasting impressions and continues to put a smile on your face are the memories you make along the way.
Barb and I have several traditions which never fail to bring smiles and hugs and other stuff when we dig them out to look at them again and again.
Our biggee is taking turns planning our wedding anniversaries… and this coming year is mine to plan. I gotta get busy on that soon. I keep a journal of each celebration. Periodically we pull the journal out and reminisce with “I remember when...” April will be here before you know it. I’ll let you know how that goes after the fact.
We don’t make a big fuss at Christmas, but we do fill each other’s Stockings hung on the fireplace mantel. Some years it’s fairly straight forward…candy, bubble gum, gummy bears and a small gift, but other years the surprise is off the charts…money to pay for a trip to Hawaii, a big hunking dinner ring stuck in a box of cracker jacks (that’s a story for another day) and a few other memorable times.
Birthdays are not big except for milestone ones. Like turning 40 or 50 or 60 or 75 or 100, but some of those are a ways off. Hard to believe we have lived this long…thought it would have taken longer, but my bride, The Gorgeous Redhead is having one of these milestones on November 9 and there will be something different. I hope it is one of those memory makers. I’ll let you know.
The POINT is M A K E M E M O R I E S!!! An old painting shows a young boy leaning toward to a young girl with the caption, “Kissin’ don’t last, cookin’ do.” Go make some memories. I’m a foodie and so great meals are great memories.