"When we're connected to others, we become better people." — Randy Pausch

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ash and I were talking the other day about technology.
The role it plays in our lives, a big role, almost too important of a role.

Remember the days of landlines?
It was simple.
You had the 4 numbers that were important enough to be seared into your mind. 
Meet ups were easy; time and place.
We wore watches to know the time, day and month.
Expectations were limited, no one got upset with you for not replying quick enough.
Dinner dates weren't hunched over phones but rather hunched over from laughter.

I am taking the challenge to put my phone aside when surrounded by people.
It will be challenging, and I am sure it will take a deliberate effort.
But I am banking on the reward of connecting with those I am surrounded by in that exact moment to be much more fulfilling.
Attempting to capture the days of landlines.

Friday, June 13, 2014

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” ― Lois Lowry

Monday, June 9, 2014

The other day I got an email from my mom and it was so heart warming.  This is what it said:

"Thought you might like to see where I spent 7 years of my life going to school. I can still see every room and staircase in my mind. Grandma Millies house was down the hill, and she would have lunch ready and waiting for us. Fried peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches and lots of love on the menu."

I love experiencing memories, whether my own or someone else's. 
I am very sentimental. 
Pictures evoke emotions. 
Re-telling old stories is heartening. 
I think that is why change can be difficult for me sometimes, I want to remember everything crisply. I don't want any memory to fade, or to escape me. 
Often in a moment I don't want to forget I think about how I can remember it. I try to stuff it all in my mind, like a sleeping bag packed into its duffle. 
I try to capture the scenery, the faces surrounding me, the small details that make up the moment, but most of all I try to capture the way I feel. 
That feeling that moves throughout my body reaching all 5 senses. 
The way I felt is what makes those moments so memorable. 

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