Thursday, June 30, 2011

Forgotten Memories

Last night before going to sleep, I grabbed my iPhone from off the bedside stand and began to write frantically. I was remembering things and people from my childhood, and I didn't want to lose them. So I wrote notes in Notepad in the dark with only my iPhone's screen for illumination. As soon as I was done writing about one person or event I'd think of another and would have to write some notes about that one, too.  The print was small, and it was dark, so I couldn't read it back to check it.  I was so pleased with myself when I finally shut down Notepad and closed my eyes. I haven't looked at it in the light of day... hope I can read it! 
It was funny how suddenly so many remembrances came to mind.  I've been bemoaning the fact that my brain hasn't retained many memories, but I'm finding that as I start writing stuff down, even insignificant stuff, more comes to the surface. It was like a little snow flurry last night in my brain. 
It was somewhat like remembering dreams. When you first start wanting to remember dreams, you can't. But the more you concentrate on remembering them the better you get at it. 
I'm going to start jotting down memories this summer. There were some good ones...I've just forgotten what they were.


  1. Good idea--the using the notepad on your iphone! My quote for today was "If you idly wait for inspiration, your ideas will dry up." I have been finding that the more I write, the easier it is to come up with ideas to write about. But, I do need a list!

  2. Donna, thanks for the idea; I imagine some of my cousins would love to see a book like that. I can't believe we came so close to the same kind of posting! It's neat you had your IPhone for jotting the ideas. I love the idea of a little 'snow flurry'. I think it just takes time, & narrowing down. I have many small memories, like the one today, but I think I thought they needed to be larger. Good luck to you in your remembering.

  3. I love this idea, even though I don't have an iphone to write on, I can have a pad of paper handy! It's those moments when ideas come and they appear to be lost forever if I don't write them down. Thanks for the idea! Happy slicing! :o)


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