It could be a holiday, vacation, birthday party, random family event, something that used to happen on a regular basis, anything at all.
Once upon a time it was a nice warm summer day in my old country in my mom's town where I was visiting with my husband and my 2 small children - 3 and 6,5 years old. We spent almost the whole day at the river, swimming, talking, sun bathing. We were on our way to my mom's house. The gentle rays of low evening sun were almost like a giant kaleidoscope created by big crowns of old trees growing along the steep river bank. We were walking up the hill, my yonger son was tired , my husband took him on his shoulders, and I was holding my other kid's hand. I was full of such peace and happiness that I thought: "I will remember this moment as long as I live, I will never be more happy than I am now." And I did. That moment lives with me forever. The day, the emotion, the happiness of it. I can think of it and recall it to the smallest details. it was truly the happiest moment of my life. Forever.
My childhood with my mom and dad. Whenever i remember those golden days i feel pleasure.
DR. DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ
my mom and dad with my sister and brother will all go to the rice field and we bring our foods, picnic style, then we fly kite.
My dad will read to us stories while we sit down and gaze at the beauty of the surrounding, we lived in a valley with ricefields, green around and then you can see the mountains in the left side.
Then he will teach us to ride the horse
Every Sunday we go to church and after church, we will all go to the mountainside to have a picnic. My father always carry me, I am my dads fav
My first memory is of my father sitting in a tree and my mother passing me up to him. I was only about two.
After that the memories kind of go downhill.
There are so many it's hard to decide. They include:
The many pool parties we had in our backyard complete with grilling out, family, friends and laughter.
Our summers in Eagle River, WI on vacation.
Our trip to Virginia and Washington D.C. when I was 12.
Our trip to Arizona when I was 17.
The day my step dad brought home our new black lab puppy. It was a complete surprise.
Our Christmas Eves with my mom's extended side of the family.
Going to the drive-in theater with big bags of homemade popcorn and soda, and camping out in the back of the station wagon in our sleeping bags to watch.
Being at my birthday gala on the weekend. My friends are also an extension of my family due to how much I move. My friend was hosting a gala for me. My two year old son's favourite song right now is New York New York by Frank Sinatra and my friends were playing it. Everyone at the table was dancing in their own way, most were bobbing their heads from side to side, we were all looking at my son singing, with our heads bobbing and our little man was smiling the biggest smile in the world and dancing away without a care in the world. My hubby was sitting across from me beaming his happiness, our friends were all happy and Aunty C was dancing with big hair and a happy serene face. I adore them all. Great post! Thank you
Christmas Day, when I was a child, with my mum, dad and grandma, my brothers and sister all sitting round the table having lunch together and enjoying every minute of being together.
Now Im older and my dad and grandma are dead, it still makes me feel happy to think of that one christmas day, rather than to cry that they are not here any more.
Hmmm....so many to pick from, but with cold weather upon us, I think back to summer heat and making homemade ice cream out on the back patio. We had one of those crank-it-yourself buckets and my brothers, sisters, and I would take turns for what seemed like forever until finally we could enjoy the fruits of our labor!
my best family day was not getting the crap beat out of me with a bamboo stick, belt, fist, or burned with a cigarette from my mom or dad.
My mom walking with me, playing in the fall colors of West Virginia.
I have fond memories of the whole family getting int the station wagon and going to Grand Haven to the beach. Or, going to Saugatuck Michigan as a kid, and going out on a rented paddle boat with my sister. While also had some good family times going to Deer Park Funland in Muskegon, back when it was only $3.00 to get in. We would spend the whole day there, and have a nice picnic.
Other than that, going to grandma's house was always nice. We also had some really nice family reunions. But, as I grew older, some of the family reunions were a bit weird, because It got to the point where we didn't really know anyone there. So, we stopped going.
Christmas and Thanksgiving was always a highlight of being with family, but, after my dad passed away, we hardly get together for it anymore.
Every moment I was able to share with my grandmother for 18 years growing up before Alzheimer’s took her from me. She was the best. Well she still is the best to me even though she passed.
The Christmas my parents gave me my first pony.
As an adult, most of my best family memories are of Thanksgivings, Christmases, and vacations. Of course, with 8 grandkids, I'm making new memories all the time!
Every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from the time I was about 8 til around the time I was 15 or 16, the family would drive an hour north to an independently owned lake (no motor boats allowed) where the parents would fish while the kids would swim (no lifeguards!) and mom would grill dinner - a feast, really - hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, brats, baked potatoes, chips, and we'd have potato salad, and Jolly Good galore. (and, dad had to have his beer) All for 4 people. Well, we probably didn't have all that food every week, lol, and I didn't eat the chicken or brats, and sometimes we invited someone to go with us. lol
To reach the beach we had to walk past the outhouses and take a path through the woods - maybe an 1/8 or 1/4 mile walk. It was a relatively small lake - once, I made my sister swim across to the other side and then she made me walk back around cuz she didn't want to swim back! lol
I went back after I was married but the lake had been sold and was no longer open to the public.
One of my best family memories is driving to Disney land from Kelowna BC. At the time I worked at a hotel and was able to get hotel rooms at a great rate and they were all high end hotels. I loved checking in and watching the kids take in the amazing hotel's sights and sounds. We drove an older station wagon and had all our mismatched suitcases strapped to the roof. My sister came with us and we kept threatening to put her on the roof like Aunt Edna in the movie 'Vacation.' Disney Land was amazing for the whole family as none of us had ever been there.
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