This post covers days three and four.
Day Three: What is the earliest memory you have?
This is really hard because I feel like I have all these mental blocks hiding away most of my childhood memories. Even when people talk about things that happened, I struggle to place or remember it. It’s all either lost or foggy at best.
Though I can’t really place the age, I do remember one night when I was fairly young, and my mom waking us up in the middle of the night to give us crayons and coloring books. I can’t remember why. She was a bartender and often already gone for work when we’d get home from school and then she got home well after our bedtimes. Bars tend to be open pretty late (it’s been a long time since I’ve been to a bar let alone hung around at one until closing), so maybe it was between two and three in the morning that she woke us up.
I remember her being excited about it. I don’t remember what the coloring books looked like or what kind of pictures they had, just being woken up in the middle of the night and having her excitedly gift us with them. ::shrug::
Day Four: What is a treasure that’s been lost?
Time. Time is a treasure that’s been lost. Everyone is so busy working and running around, trying to keep up with the newest and greatest things, trying to get to the next level in life and never really taking the time to enjoy the places and stages they are at while they are at them.
It all goes by so fast, and once it’s gone there’s really no way to ever get it back. Sometimes I think about all the things I thought were important throughout my life and wish that I had held off just a little bit longer, paid just a bit more attention, took a few more pictures and home movies, done a few more family game and movie nights…
Before I really knew it, everyone was grown. I don’t regret decisions I made so much as I just wish I’d have realized while experiencing all those moments just how special they really were and how much I would miss them.
That’s something I’m hoping they will realize when it’s their turn: slow down and treasure the time with those you love while you can. 💜