It's a pretty typical Sunday morning. No matter what I do or when I go to sleep, I'm up by 6:30 am. I know it's early because even Molly the Wonder Dog refuses to get out of her bed and wander over for her morning routine. There's one topic on my mind this morning, and it happens at the same time every year.
Tuesday, Halloween, would have been my Dad's 95th birthday and no matter what I did yesterday there seemed to be these intermittent reminders of just how much I miss him. I know I'm not alone in missing somebody special in my life, but when a loved one was born on a holiday like Halloween, the reminders become very bizarre and funny.
I only have one point this morning. There are times when I try and block some of the memories of my Dad and Mom simply because I miss them and it makes me sad. However, the truth is, grasping those memories and really taking time to savor each one is the only way to keep them alive. While it starts out painful, it always ends with a smile in my heart or more visible, on my face!
We're in the memory business, and everyday photographs help people relive moments from the past. When those memories and moments are special, don't fight them. Grab onto them and squeeze them for every drop of emotion they bring out. I miss my folks a lot, but it's those memories and photographs that are indeed the gifts that keep on giving!
Wishing everybody an outstanding Sunday and time with great friends and family who make your life better. And, if there are moments where memories of a loved one who's no longer with you, jump in, take the time to appreciate them. Then enjoy that moment where you can cherish the time they were in your life.