Friday, January 20, 2012

Vivid

I'm trying something new today.  Each Friday on The Gypsy Mama, she has 5 Minute Friday.  She gives us a word, and we are supposed to just write for 5 minutes - unedited, unplanned, and uncensored.   Here we go....

Vivid.

For some reason, I always associate this word with memories.  As in, "I have such vivid memories of ...".  Sadly, it seems the most vivid memories are unpleasant ones.  I remember vividly seeing my Grannie weeping beside my Granddaddy's casket.  I have a vivid memory of painful times in my past - times of embarrassment or discouragement.

Other memories that I wish I held in greater clarity seem to be more fuzzy.  I wish I could remember exactly how my children sounded in their first cries.  I wish I could remember every word of David's marriage proposal.

I sometimes find myself going to ridiculous lengths to preserve certain memories.  My text message inbox is always at 90% or higher because I can't bear to part with a message in which David says that he loves me.  My voice mailbox contains many recordings of my parents' voices, David's voice, and the last message that Grannie left for me.  I know that someday I won't be able to hear the voices of my parents in person, and I think I will want to hear them somehow.  It's morbid, I know.  But that's the truth.

I want my kids to have vivid *positive* memories.  Is that possible?  I want them to remember vividly picnics and times baking goodies in the kitchen.  I want them to hear my voice ringing in their ears with words of love, encouragement, and faith.  I want them to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are loved by the Lord and their parents.  I want that love to be vivid in their hearts.



This post is linked up to one or more of the following blog parties.  Check them out! Monday: Menu Plan Monday on I'm an Organizing Junkie Wednesday: Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family Friday: 5 Minute Friday at The Gypsy Mama, Company Girl Coffee at Home Sanctuary Other days: A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Alyianna! I appreciate you visiting. :)

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  2. Great post! I am sure your kids will have great memories of you, because you are being an intentional parent.

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    1. Thank you so much, Brenda. I hope you're right. :)

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  3. we were on the same page with these posts! Great job <3 http://ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/2012/01/vivid.html

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  4. As we fully live before Him, He will vividly display His glory in us, and the kids will always remember that! Thanks for the post, Laura!

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    1. Great point, Barbara. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Awesome writing, hon, and such inspirational insights. I love you!

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  6. (Typed by your Dad)
    Some words just convey their meaning by the way they sound (I'm sure there is a term for that) and "vivid" is one of those. It even looks the part in writing!
    This stirred my thinking and as I was walking after reading your blog, I had time to enjoy several vivid "Laura" memories. Such as . . . dancing with you in my arms before you could walk; watching you enjoy sitting in that pine tree on Moss Chapel road; hearing you say, "Dad" in a crowd at the snow resort in Colorado when I didn't realize you were close by; watching you love your family. I really could go on and on. Let me share one more. No one on Earth can choose the perfect birthday or Father's Day card as well as you! I love you! Dad

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