Yester-Year Memories

The gifts are all given, the dishes are done, the memories are made. The good, the bad, or the mediocre; these are the holidays that will be recounted in years to come.

As I enjoyed the day, yesteryear memories slipped into my thoughts. As I remembered those bygone days, I was thankful for all the love I was surrounded by then and now.

No matter how good or bad circumstances were, we could celebrate that we had each other. As I grow older, I feel less like Christmas is for children; more like gifts are for children. The gift for adults is in the gathering together. As I listened to my family chatter and enjoyed a lovely meal; I took in all the moments to save for another day.

There are people I would have loved to have been with us today. For various reasons that couldn’t be a reality. Connections were made by technology. While not ideal, I’m am so grateful for the connection we did have.

These are the makings of yesteryear memories. They aren’t all good or happy, but what they are is to be savored. The good is a blessing, the bad is a building block. We will work to make the next one better.

I hope the majority of your day was a happy one, and wish all good things for you in the new year.

By Laura

Laura S. Tarasoff is poet, writer, explorer, and believer in people. Laura lives on Whidbey Island, Washington. Whenever she can she walks the beach looking for agates, hoping for whale sightings, or takes on the splendor of the eagles and hawks filling the prairie sky. She enjoys a terrific burger, a rolling laugh, and getting to know people.Laura hopes that her words will bring hope and encouragement to get through the hardest parts of life.

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