Words

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Those who are no longer here with us have left a legacy in the words they said, and remembering those words brings back their smiling faces, and once more we are sharing a cup of tea and laughing over a joke together.

My grandmother, faced with a child’s messy room would ask, “What’s all this culch?” I think in looking it up one time, I discovered that culch has something to do with separating sheep from one another. I guess said child ought to separate what she wanted to keep from what could be thrown out!

When something happened in our house that no one owned up to, my mother was not upset. She simply said “Chadwick did it!” I wondered for a long time if Chadwick was some creepy guy who hung around our family. Now I’m introducing this phrase to the kidneys!

Aunt Jan, my funny substitute Mum, said “Oh for cryin’ in the night,” when things were frustrating. I love that one, and I use it a lot. These are precious rememberances and should live on in our lives just as our beloved family members who live on in our hearts.

What do you remember?

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Slow, and Fast

 

imageI bring my phone on my morning walk because I almost always see something I want to photograph. Yesterday I heard the familiar sound of a hot air balloon. Of course I didn’t hear the jet, but aren’t they perfect together? Life is slow, and fast, and I want to remember. How do you remind yourself of what is important?

Childhood

 

imageWatching them, I remember. The push-pull of the waves receeding past your feet; the icy-cold numbness because you wanted to jump one more wave, and then one more; the screams; the laughter; the racing back for your towel, to sit in the sun and warm up. A day at the beach is childhood.

Beach Stones

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Yesterday we went to the cemetery, as we do several times a year, to visit, to remember, to place stones on the graves of ancestors and friends. Since this family has spent generations by the sea, we bring beach stones to mark our presence here. Anyone who sees them knows that these people reside in the hearts of their descendents forever.

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