Snapshot Memories

The Logical Heart Knows Best

I spent two hours going through photos today and finally found the pics our daughter wanted to see. I took photos of them and messaged them to her. It was from when she dressed up as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings for Halloween when she was 9. I took a trip down memory lane, the photos I searched through were so beautiful. It brought me back to those days when all we did was play and look for the next fun thing to do together. Every day was a new adventure with those rascals. I’m so grateful we got to spend so much time together when they were little. Those were some of the best days ever. 

On those long steamy Louisiana summer days, it became challenging to stay entertained because it was too hot to play outside. That’s when a kiddie pool came in handy or playing in the hose. We’d retreat to indoor places like the kid’s museum, or the mall play area. At one point I had a big pop-up tent in our living room and we’d pretend we were camping and watch Pippi Longstocking from the comfort of our tent. The pillows were all piled in there, along with stuffed animals and Mardi gras beads. Those days were overflowing with love, creativity, play, and wonderment. I’m grateful every day for the children. Well, they’re all grown now. It happened before my eyes, so amazing. 

This stage of my life is so different from then. Then I didn’t have a moment to myself, now it’s the opposite. I’m still settling into this change of pace and we’ll see what happens. I would love to have times of exuberance like when the kids were little. Adventure, creativity, exploration, and experimentation. My body just needs to behave and cooperate, so I have the energy to do it.

I began listening to the 4 Hour Work Week again. It’s always on hold, so if you don’t finish listening to it in the allotted time, then you have to get back in line to check it out from the library. I will finish it this time, though. It has a lot of information about products, dropshipping, and such that I’m not interested in now, but there are good tips about scheduling your time answering emails, setting boundaries with people infringing on your time, and delegating/outsourcing so you only concentrate on the major things. 

There are now 30 days left of this daily blogging challenge. It’s really the final countdown! I wonder if I’ll automatically sit down and write every day anyhow because it’s become a habit? Will I have more energy to devote to other projects when I’m no longer blogging every day? What do I want to commit to in 2021? Do I want to challenge myself again? Meh.

I’m still reminiscing about the kids. I have flashes of memory where I’m right back there, with them being all squishy, smiling, impish, and cherubic, all rolled into adoring unconditional love. It’s like time is not linear for a second. I can be there in my memory, in my mind. It’s so vivid, like I’m there in spirit, but my body is here. The brain, mind, and consciousness are fascinating.

I want to create more memories that are as vibrant, loving, and wonderful as those I have with the kids. May we all make such memories at every opportunity? Here’s hoping we’ll have plenty of those in the upcoming months and years to make up for these hunkering down times. 

Michelle Miyagi
Hi! I was an RN, BSN in mental/behavioral health for 27 years. Now I'm helping empower caring people like me to prioritize themselves by maintaining healthier boundaries for more freedom, peace, and joy. I am also active in Long Covid advocacy.

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