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Photograpy: The Memories Live On

Updated on July 27, 2019
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This bench is easy to construct and is portable. It is an excellent spot to enjoy some cool breezes and hear the sounds of nature.

Here she is--Precious Sister 3 years ago

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Originally I had written this article after visiting my precious sister in Austin, Texas. The picture below does indeed capture one moment of the most memorable times we shared during that visit 4 years ago. We laughed and laughed and probably cried some too.

One thing is certain---it is a time that I am so very thankful for now probably more than then.

Two Sisters, Making New Memories

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We do not remember days; we remember moments.

— Cesare Pavese

At present, one of my most adored sisters has lost 40 pounds since January---she is truly a mere shadow of her former self. She is weak and frail and broken.

Do not misunderstand.. She is not despondent or wailing, "O, why me?" She is just sick and tired of being sick and tired. She would not put it that way but that is how she is feeling at present.


What a Special Woman She is

My precious sister (and that is how I so often address her) has been sick for at least ten years off and on. She would be treated for this or that and bounce back for a bit. Then before I knew it, she was sick again. She has always been a fighter. Some little illness (even if it was not so little) was not going to get her down.

She would spend almost 30 years saving lives as a Paramedic. She saw and handled many broken and injured or seriously ill over the years. And she came to be loved by many as she was excellent in her work and was respected by her co-workers many of whom were male. At the time she was working as Paramedic, women often did not have supervisory roles. But because of her work ethic and skill she had numerous positions of authority. She often mentored newbies to the field be they women or men.

What Fond Memories We Share

Over the years, my precious and I have remained so very close even when time and space have separated us. No doubt, some of you have a similar relationship with a sibling.

You can finish each others sentences. You have similar mannerisms. You enjoy many of the same interests. You have your own unique talents. You can be scrappy with one another when some touchy subject comes up ----I mean going at it---hot and heavy---and two minutes later all is well on the home front.

Back in the day before we had cell phones, we spoke on the phone daily. There was no particular time for the call or reason for the call except to tell something that was so important it could not wait another minute!! I would answer the phone, saying "Hello, Teresa". And it was she. It worked in reverse too. I would call her and she would say, "Hello, Padi" before I spoke a word. (Neither of us had caller ID.)

Walking the Planet Together

As it does, the years slip by. But through that passage of time we have remained as close as if we lived next door to each other. We have traveled to numerous locations to have vacations together and we have traveled to each other's homes to be tourists in each other's towns.

We have walked through sadness together---holding each other's hands which offered much-needed comfort. Knowing that the other person was hurting and needed someone with whom they could ramble on or be silent with was how we weathered storms. My sister lost two of her children who were adults by then within 2 years of each other. It was a difficult time to understate the situation. Thankfully we have been so close that we were able to walk through that horror together. Both of their deaths were unexpected.

Thankful for Private Moments

And now, my precious sister who is seven years my senior is very ill. And I am so thankful that I can be here in Austin with her. She has been in hospital all week and hopefully will come home tomorrow.

We had a poignant, heart-wrenching talk today. She knows how ill she is. And we will find out definitively tomorrow whether the cancer has spread which is appears it has. And she said to me today that if it has she will not fight. She said, "My body just is too weak." Why endure horrid procedures which in and of themselves could shorten the time she has left on the planet? I said earlier she has always been a fighter. And she has fought this assault on her body that has diminished her body so that she now has no strength to continue.

We held hands and we sobbed and sobbed. And she said how glad she is that I am here with her.
"I would not have missed coming here for anything," was all I could choke out. She said, "it's okay for us to cry' which it is indeed. But not remaining in sadness within a few minutes we were laughing about something silly we remembered that we had done together.

When she is home from the hospital we will do whatever she feels like doing but she insists she wants to be up and moving. She is quite handicapped (although she would never want anyone to say that!!) so walking has become quite difficult and now that she is so weak, it is more challenging The good news is she has been approved for a special walker that will help her move around better.

Not one of us knows when our moments on this planet will be done. And something I have said in my writings probably too often is this: Today is all we have. No promises for tomorrow so trying to shoulda' woulda' coulda' the future is pointless. Bathing in the beauty that surrounds us and enjoying our walk on the planet has been and will continue to be our mantra.

How very blessed I am that I can share moments with her while she is still able to engage with me. Although if that time passes while I am still here being by her in silence will be fine. She has a precious daughter on whose property she lives. So I know when I leave to return to Florida that she will be fussed over as if I were still here.

Feeling thankful

Maybe you are puzzled as you scroll up and look at the title again. Why on earth include this rambling about my sister in an article about capturing special moments through photos?

Simply put it is because all of the photos I have of her when she was well and much more able-bodied are even more precious to me now. How thankful I have them.

Out of respect to her I am not publishing in photos of her now. She may not even care if I do post some but I just do not think it is something I want to do.

Hug and squeeze and adore those you love every single day. Too often we do not say what is in our hearts and minds and then it is too late. Your family will not need you when they are gone. If you have a loved one or close friend you have not connected with recently--do it while you still can.

So many memories


We do remember the moments.

But there are some days that are burned into my memory...some that I wish were not there but are all a part of who I have become.

Thankfully, most of them are fond memories that warm the cockles of my heart.

And how wonderful it is they can be held in time digitally or in a hard copy of the photo or a wondrous video.

A Favorite Memory---Heston Wayne, my youngest grandson, loved putting puzzles together at the library

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Cockles of My Heart According to Merriam Webster.com COCKLES OF HEART refers to the core of one's being —usually used in the phrase warm the cockles of the heart. My grandsons and my daughter create this feeling within me as do other special moments.

This Photo Brings So Many Memories to MInd....My Daughter, Husband, and I Were in Japan at This Time

A treasured photo of my little Stephanie at age 3.
A treasured photo of my little Stephanie at age 3. | Source


Countless changes happen during the finite amount of time we are on the planet. Family members die, friends die ...it is the way of things after all.

Not only do we have loved ones leave us but many times places we lived in, played in, or frequented are torn down. Often some new use for the land is made. Sometimes the buildings are even used for some new purpose rather than being demolished.

Recently I read a hub by our very own, Bill Holland, billybuc, here on HubPages, about a place that played what one may say is a pivotal role in the life of his family and many others. The link to it is provided.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Chambers-Bay-Golf-Course-A-Moment-with-Bill-Reflection

His writings were the inspiration for this entry. Thanks for the inspiration, bill.

"And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face

Hours are like diamonds, don't let them waste

Time waits for no one, no favors has he

Time waits for no one, and he won't wait for me ..." These lyrics from the Rolling Stones song remind us that time's passage moves on one moment at a time.

Passing so Quickly

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Time is so fleeting

Time can be elusive and out of control. One of the few things we cannot control.

Days turn into weeks and months and years while we are there, in the midst of it all. One day we are only a wee child of five years of age and in what seems no longer than the time it takes to blink, 30 years have passed. How can that be?

My grandchildren are great ways to remind me of the passage of time. It seems like five minutes ago I was holding my Jay who is now 24 in my arms when he was newly born. And now I look at him and he is no longer that extraordinary little boy. He is now a remarkable grown man.

A few days ago, I sent my sister a photo of him holding his brother (it is my profile picture). She has not seen either of them for about four years. She wrote back and asked: "Who is holding the baby?" And of course I said, 'It is Jay."

She did not recognize him. He is no longer the little boy that we have adored all these years. Our little boy is now a man.

You know of course he will always be a little boy to me in some respects.

Albums Filled with Memories and a Kitty to Supervise All..

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Photos Everywhere ...

On my shelves and on coffee tables are photo album after photo album. On my laptop, on facebook, on my Droid are an abundance of photos.

Photos that have stopped time for a moment. Often for a most wondrous moment, a birth, an anniversary, a birthday, weddings, holiday celebrations, and yes, even at the time of a funeral. Those once in a lifetime happenings are frozen in time for us to relish at some later time and to share with those who may not have been present.


I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again because it is just going by too fast.

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Perhaps we have all felt this way at one time or another...ps

— Robert Rodriguez

My daughter and my youngest grandson, Heston Wayne, at his first cookie party

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Momma and Child

This photo was taken the year my grandboy was seven months of age. He is on his Momma's lap at the annual Christmas cookie party.

His Momma's red hair is a symbol of her strength. She had just grown that little fuzzy head of hair back after many rounds of chemo.

She stopped taking that legalized poison as it was doing so much damage to her organs.

This adorable child joined our family about a year later. And that is how long it took her little head of hair to appear too.

How I adore this photo.

Some Memories are Best Left in the Past

In the photo with my family (below), I weigh 256 pounds. I am in the yellow shirt on the far left.

O, I shudder as I look at that.

But it serves as a reminder that I do not wish to be that version of my unhealthy self.

A Treasure....My Nephew (in the front row)

My Stephanie in the front row with my precious nephew whose death a few years ago was very difficult for each of us who knew him.
My Stephanie in the front row with my precious nephew whose death a few years ago was very difficult for each of us who knew him. | Source

A Glimpse at the Past

The memory remains.

The place or person may be in some far distant past.

The place or the most loved person may have been whisked away from us far too soon for our liking, but, time stands still in those photos.

The four-room schoolhouse that stood in the middle of a few acres down by the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia is long gone.

Torn down many years ago and nothing stands in its place. The ghostly image remains there though. The two- storied white building with windows on all sides and a bright red brick stairway that led to the entrance still remains, captured by my mind's eye.

The children racing down the steps to the playground at recess time. The cheers as the kicker sent other runners home still echo in my mind. Time falls away. The years melt away. I am that little girl who attended Deltaville Elementary School.

That building is gone. But the memory will not be erased until none of still walk the planet.

And even then those who find photos of it in a box of photos stashed in Aunt Peg's closet will conjure up those days that kids began their education in that place.


A Lovely Place to Find Time to Catch Our Breath and Revel in Nature

Sometimes something as simple as a bench that stood in the yard of a loved one and is now in our own, freezes time for us.


The bench in the photo was built by my nephew and his Momma not too many years ago when she had gone to live with him. It was a favorite spot where they would sit in the evening while the pups were in the backyard sniffing every blade of grass visible. Soaking in the calm and listening to the gentle lull of my sister's voice as she recounted some tale to him made my nephew's eyes sparkle

That bench is now in my yard...my precious nephew, my sister's only son, left the planet too soon just a few years ago. This bench reminds me of the lovely moments that were spent there and the new moments being created.

It is now a lovely spot for me to relax for a few minutes, enjoying the calm there. And Gretta, my inherited pup, comes up for a little loving while I am there.

And when baby grandson visits, he loves to climb on it and be 'king of the mountain'. He even takes a few minutes to sit by his Nini to tell me some important story.

New memories, captured and remain.

Progress?

In a town* where I once lived, a massive oak tree stood in the center of a two lane road that had four lanes intersecting. It was said to be about 375 years of age which makes it somewhat of a young 'un when compared to the Seven Sisters Oak in Mandeville, Louisiana. Estimates have its age at 1500 years.

Despite the relative youth of this tree that stood in a not-too-busy highway it was a part of history for those who lived there and had treasured its stature and beauty.

As often happens, a bigger idea, a better plan by the estimation of the city fathers and mothers, a vote was taken and the decision was that the town would best be served by the removal of this tree the town's people had grown to love. Protests, chaining themselves to the tree, more protests, shouting at city council meetings came to naught.

Progress won...or did it?

The beautiful tree lost. The town's people lost. And now when you get to the that intersection, you will find it is now the intersection of multiple lanes and abundant traffic signals.

Too many little ones missed out on the first hand experience of marveling at that beauty.

The memories remain. In books and in old photos that many took of loved ones gathered under the tree.

(*The name of the town and the state are omitted because while this was not a good decision in the view of many, the town did make many other wise decisions. My intent is not to disparage the town. )

Words Freeze Time as Well

In one article that I have shared here on HubPages, one suggestion that was made is to record on tape or video or hand write the stories of your family members NOW.

Within each family are stories that are humorous, inspiring, chilling, filled with sorrow, adventure...

Take time to record them and transcribe them later.

Elder family members love to recount tales of days gone by. And there is so much wisdom in what they have to say.

Much of what you may not know about your family or town can be learned from your loved ones.

Your Mommas and Daddys and Grandparents have a storehouse of wisdom and fun and knowledge to share. Record it before it is lost to you and future generations.

Photos and words can transport us to a time and place that we have tucked in our mind. Seeing the photo or reading a letter or story about that time from the past may bring a rush of feelings to those who experience them.

Each new day brings a new opportunity to discover and experience something unknown about our families. Often we say "Someday I will do that... no lost memories for this family."

Perhaps 'someday' should begin today.


© 2015 Patricia Scott

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    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      I do...and if you are like me the older I get the more I like to view them and remember. Thank you for visiting. Angels are in the way.ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Photos can so easily transport us back in time. It is obvious that you cherish yours as much as I do mine. Sending good wishes your way today Patricia.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you Brian for stopping to read and comment.

      I am so thankful for the many photos I have that are 'hard copies'...I do have a kazillion digital ones as well but love having my walls plastered with photos of family.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      B Brian Hill 

      5 years ago

      What a wonderful reflection on the importance of time and how we view it in the moments that we gather. You've done so much with a single, simple idea!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      O Peggy I know..I had thought immediately of you and sent you almost the same message this morning on one of your hubs.

      What a tragedgy....it breaks my heart.

      Take care of you , my friend.

      Angels are on the way to you this 'middle of the night' time. ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I am so glad that many years ago my mother and I sorted through many shoe boxes full of loose photos and labeled and put them all into albums. Now that she is gone, I would have had no idea who some of those people were even though many of them were relatives. My paternal grandmother wrote down a personal family history and shared it with all of her kids and grandkids. Those things are precious and need to be preserved. One never knows how many days we have and things like this should not be postponed. Excellent hub! Sharing!

      Sending well wishes your way. So sad for the families of the 2 school kids killed in that bus accident today in Houston. The driver and other 2 kids are still in the hospital. Thankfully it was not a full bus load!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      It is always nice to see you stopping by...I learn so much from others here on HubPages and find so much that is uplifting and thought provoking.

      Hoping once again that all is well with you and yours.

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

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      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      I'm happy to share a pod with you, Patricia!

      Lots of hugs to you.

      Ann

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are so right tillsontitan...so many lives have been affected by the despicable cancer.

      And many are making the journey just as we are...one day at a time..embracing the joy of THIS day...

      Thank you so much for visiting. So much is happening even since I wrote this but we live in the LIGHT not in those dark plaes.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      O yes, Shyron...those wheels that we had to push and then jump on were such fun. and now I get to run around the outside of one while my youngest grandson hitches a ride. He could ride for ever and ever.

      It is fun at least for me to journey down the days of yesteryear...and to share those moments with those I love.

      Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps Thank you for the votes.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Ann...It sounds like we are two peas in a pod....sharing the photos with my grandchildren and other families members is almost as much fun as capturing the image was the first time.

      It is awesome (no other word will do) to be at the right spot, at the right moment.

      thank you so much for visiting and the votes. Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      This is outstanding! As a grandmother and as one who takes 100s of photos a week, I am with you all the way here. So many things conjure up so many memories and thank goodness for that!

      You conjure up pictures and emotions so well, we know that it comes from your soul.

      I am one who advocates asking family members questions, taking photos of everyone, making sure we don't lose the history of people and places. How important that is!

      Up & everything but funny, and shared.

      This is perfect and everyone should read it.

      My heart goes out to you. You have made my day.

      Ann

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Patricia, you have awaken so many memories.

      I was thinking about the play ground equipment the one that you push it to get it to go round and round faster and faster, and that is how I see life. I don't remember when I started wishing I was older and everyday I was.

      Thumb-up UABI and shared

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are right, Rachel...that is life..the good and the not so good but all of the memories tucked up inside.

      This is lovely about HubPages...getting to know each other through our writings...thank you for visiting and sharing

      Once again Angels are on the way bringing blessings and hugs ps

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      Rachel L Alba 

      5 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I often mention to my husband all the things that happened since we were married 44 1/2 years ago. So many memories that will never leave our hearts. Some good and some not so good, but that's life. I enjoyed reading your hub, as usual. I voted up and awesome. Thanks again, Pat for sharing your thoughts. I feel like we knew each other for years now.

      Blessings to you.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      How sweet of you to stop Ms. Dora. Yes--relish and share...recapturing for a moment some moment that made us smile from head to toe.

      thank you so much for commenting.

      Hoping all is well with you.

      Angels are bringing blessings to you today ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      It is very humbling, Frank, to hear the words 'you inspire me.' How awesome it is that some words gathered together and shared can perhaps mean something special to someone else.

      Thank you so much for stopping to share your thoughts.

      Many Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      O Mary, I know exactly what you mean...the little ones do not remain that tiny bundle long enough.. Our tiniest bundle is five, 5, now!!! How can that many years have slipped by???

      It does make our photos that much more precious.

      Hoping all is good with you Mary.

      Sending you many Angels bringing love and hugs and blessings ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Yes there are so many moments we love to relive.

      And often for me, the photo reminds me of a truly remarkable experience I shared with someone else.

      Thank you so much Deb for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      Many Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Ruby Jean

      What treasures our memories are...

      I am often reminded of some amazing moment that I shared with family when I see a photo of a gathering we shared.

      How blessed we are to family to love.

      Angels are headed your way this morning. Thank you for visiting today ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are so right AuFait...we need to let others know how loved they are and we need to record the stories they can tell us and take photos as often as we can.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning bringing hugs and blessings. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are so right AuFait...we need to let others know how loved they are and we need to record the stories they can tell us and take photos as often as we can.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning bringing hugs and blessings. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      O Stella...I am so moved. You called your family after reading this?? We cannot let them know too often how adored they are...that is for sure.

      How blessed we are to have family to love and to let them know of our love is a gift that keeps on giving.

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Many Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Ruby Jean thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I do so enjoy these journeys down memory lane...it is especially fun now that little man likes to look through them and see himself as a little one or see his family through the years.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      drbj I really did not want my feelings to color this submission but I suppose we do reveal more than we intend.

      The bottom line is this: we, my family and I, are so blessed...and the moments in time that are captured both in our minds and in photos are ones we will forever treasure.

      thank you for your kind words.

      Angels are bringing you love and blessings and hugs this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you Carb Diva for stopping by to leave such a lovely comment.

      Photos are a special reminder to us in our family of so many landmark moments...moments that have helped to make our journey one that is filled with the unexpected.

      And from the times when we have struggled and still do, we are reminded that each of us has our own challenges along the way.

      Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Virginia It is especially fun too share them with my grandsons. My little grandson loves to see photos of himself as a baby and of his brother when he was small. We talk and talk about the photos of each of us and the times we enjoyed.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are so right tillsontitan....clinging to those moments with our little ones is a wish that we all must have. Time seems to fly by ....

      So thankful that we have so many precious memories to relish and recapture the time that we spend with them.

      Angels are once again headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you Faith for visiting and sharing such a sweet comment.

      We are all so blessed to have those memories of loved ones tucked away in our minds and in many photos.

      When I view them it brings me a special kind of happiness and a sense of peace, if you can understand that.

      I am hoping all is good with you and yours.

      Many Angels bringing love and hugs and blessings are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thanks whonu....

      This weekend when my baby grandson came to spend the night we looked through many albums. And when he saw pictures of himself as a baby he would smile and talk about it.

      When he saw photos of family who were gone from the planet, it gave me an opportunity to speak of them.

      Thank you so much for visiting. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Yes Jackie many times our memories are of those who have left us..and for most of us that leaving was way too soon.

      But I feel so thankful to have them tucked in my memory or that I am able to relive the moments through photos.

      Thank you so much for visiting, Jackie.

      Hoping all is well with you and yours.

      Many Angels bringing blessings are headed your way ps

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There are so many nostalgic items out there. You're right, they must be recorded for posterity, as you never know, in old age, those thoughts will manage to touch someone, if even for a brief moment...

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      "To relish and to share." My thoughts exactly. Thanks for walking us through the beauty of memories and our obligation to pass them on. Voted Up and more.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      what a beautiful hub.. you inspire me.. love the memories, the photo that do stop time for a moment ... we'll remember them.. and someday the will remember us when we are gone.... FRank

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I couldn't agree with you more on this article. Time goes by much too fast. I was looking at my beautiful Great Grandson today who is just two weeks old, and kind of wishing he could stay that same precious little bundle forever, but I know I would not want that.

      I think Family Albums are so important. Especially now with all the digital photos people take of their families. (I wrote a Hub about how important it is to keep family albums.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 

      5 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      This article has moved me. Thank you.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      You are so right in that time goes so quickly. If there's something you want to say to someone, ask someone, or do for someone, then say it or do it right away before you become distracted. If there's a project you want to complete as a memorial to someone or something, then do it now, before you get distracted by all the things that the world will throw at you.

      A scrapbook of a family gathering, Christmas, family reunion, or whatever, makes a beautiful gift on a special occasion. Each one could have something special relating to the recipient that isn't in any of the others. But you will do best to plan before the event so you can take great photos and collect little souvenirs.

      Voted up and BAI. Hope everyone reads this and gets the important message so they can act on it while there's still time!

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      stella vadakin 

      5 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      A great hub, and one we can all connect to. Family is the most important thing in this life. This was such a good hub I had to call all my kids to see how they are doing. Voted up and sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      There's nothing I enjoy more than looking through an old album. It seems like time did stand still. Time passes so quickly. I enjoyed reading your moment in time. Beautifully expressed....

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      I read this, Patricia, and felt your joy and felt your pain. Thank you for sharing this remarkable piece of writing with the rest of us. Your descriptive words are enthralling. May Angels continue to bless you and yours.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Another beautiful and touching hub from you. In the central part of our State (Washington) a wildfire is raging and many homes have been burned to the foundation--everything reduced to cinders. That has made me reflect on "what would I take with me if I had to abandon my home because of a catastrophe?" The thing that tugs at my heart most of all is the photo albums--moments captured and many smiling faces that are no longer with us.

      Thank you for reminding us that we best not wait till tomorrow.

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I've inherited the family photos from my mother and like you, I go through them again and again. They bring back so many memories to savor.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Our memories are what make us who we are. Memories of loved ones, times, and places as you've so well pointed out. After watching our children grow we wish we could keep our grandchildren small to delight in them. Each moment we spend with them is a joy to our hearts! Hugs dear lady.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, PS, this lovely piece certainly warmed the cockles of my heart. Thank you for sharing of your special memories and precious family.

      Time certainly doesn't wait for us and this is a beautiful reminder to cherish each moment we spend with loved ones.

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful blessing here and it is such a joy to read while unwinding from the day.

      Up and more and away

      Much love and many Angels heading your way

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      whonunuwho 

      5 years ago from United States

      Wonderful work my friend and your message of family love well received. whonu

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from the beautiful south

      It does seem as time goes by more memories are of the dead than living with time taking more from us. I use to ask God as a very young person to take me first because I didn't think I could face the death of anyone I loved but God knows better and He gets us through. How anyone in life makes it without Him I just can't imagine.

      Thanks so much for sharing so much with us; what you share makes us all reflect and remember no matter what life brings us we are not alone. Blessings and hugs.....

      ^+

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      bill,

      We learn from each other, do we not? Learning to open our minds and our hearts and let our thoughts flow takes practice....I am learning and yes, I did find a jumping off place after I read your writings...

      So blessed to know you and to have found your writings to get lost in....

      Hoping all is well with you and Bev and all...

      Many Angels come your way bearing hugs and blessings.

      Please keep my girl in your thoughts...she has some NEW issues...

      However as you know, we do not live in that dark place...we walk in the light....and as I mentioned in a comment on your page....no second guessing, no shoulda' woulda' coudlas.

      ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are so right, Eric. I feel the same way with my grandboys and daughter....each moment is one I wish to hold onto and cherish.

      Angels are once again on the way to you this evening ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      It is, isn't it, KoffeeKlatchGals...the memories flood back and help us to embrace that special moment one more time.

      thank you for visiting.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I may have inspired you but you took the ball and ran for a touchdown with this beautifully-written article. My goodness, this one tugged at my heartstrings. I was looking for some quality writing and you delivered in Aces. Thank you for renewing my faith in HP writers. :)

      blessings, hugs and love heading your way

      bill

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful hub. Lately with a growing little one, a marriage that is flourishing and 3 older children out conquering the world, it seems that every moment is worth capturing for later appreciation. When we apply the proper lens and filter out all our nonsense each moment is a special moment. Thanks for a great read.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It's funny how a smell, song, sound, or phrase can bring special memories back. Every time I hear the song My Girl I fondly remember my first serious boyfriend. Up and beautiful.

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