A Day for Remembering

I just read a journal that was shared from one of our friends here at FMO...a wonderful story about her little boy and an alligator. Made me smile and then for some strange reason I sat back in my office chair and started reflecting on all the comments that were made on that journal.
I have had a few flashbacks of when the girls were little and they would play their "little girl" games, all made up of course, they both were so creative. I remember the evening when Alexsis was about 7 and MayLyn was 12 or thereabouts and I went to kiss them goodnight and tuck them in for the evening...walked into their room and they were no where in sight. I thought they were once again playing the "hide from Mommy" game when I heard that wonderful sound of giggling coming from the closet. Now mind you it was a huge walk in closet they shared and when I popped open the door expecting to find them standing there...well...they had made a bed out of blankets and pillows and the two of them were all snuggled up on the floor with our family cat (who was dressed in a baby outfit) ready for bed....I fell out laughing! They laughed also...the poor cat looked so miserable! And the two of them looked so adorable!!! Yes, you guessed it, I let them sleep in the closet that night, but I did rescue Turbo the kitty after they fell asleep, undressed her and set her free.
I had not thought about that moment since the year it happened. I am grateful when I read a journal that helps me to remember those small things from when the girls were little. Sometimes I feel as though I am forgetting so many details, so many memories. It scares me since Alzheimers runs in my family strong on the female side. My grandmother died from it and the desease will take my Mothers life within the next few years or less.
Just wanted to share a thought, a memory, a small piece of MayLyn and to say thank you for sending me the message that sometimes it is really a great healthy thing to do, just to sit and remember especially when I spend so much time trying to stay busy thinking I can out run all the pain and hurt. I do feel better already, and the memory made me smile big time.
Peace
Walking beside you always...
Jacqueline PLH MayLyn's Momma

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rcoco
rcoco

Those wonderful memories will stay in our hearts forever. I went through many very rough years with Christopher, so remembering the sweet and innocent years is good therapy.
What a cute story, I love the how you undressed the kitty, too funny.
hugs, Rebecca
deleted_user
deleted_user

a wonderful memory ...thank you for sharing it...it sounded like a kodak moment....i understand your concern about losing your memory to alzheimers...my mother has it, as well....she can never remember that my Brandon is in heaven....a sad disease....i pray you keep having those memories pop up and kiss you....love, dale...brandon\'s mom
ColleenF
ColleenF

I love the story, Poor Turbo! Love & hugs, Colleen
JennsMom66
JennsMom66

thank you for sharing your wonderful memories.. it was like a picture found that you had long lost.. a treasure you will never forget again.
Love and hugs MaryLou
RememberKala
RememberKala

I love to be reminded of special moments that are tucked away deep inside me. I too face the Alzheimer nightmare...grandma, then my mom, ....now me??? Probably. Thanks for letting us see inside the closet, it makes me smile to peek in and see MayLyn. We\'ll talk this weekend OK? Love you, Teri.
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deleted_user

Very sweet memory. I need to start digging deeper in myself for those. Hugs, Barbara
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Thanks for starting my day off with a smile. Double thanks for listening last night. :) Love you! XOXO Christi
KimRW
KimRW

Jacqueline, I\'m glad you enjoyed my little alligator story & memory. I\'m also glad that it helped you with a precious memory of your own. This is how I felt reading Dale\'s \"memory journals\"...it jogged my own sweet memories. I can just picture the girls in the closet with the kitty dressed up! And to hear those giggles....that is a sweet memory. Thanks for sharing and starting my day off with a smile today. Love & Hugs, Kim
dougadoug
dougadoug

Sweet story. I have started a hard cover journal to record all the special memories. xo
heartsandhands
heartsandhands

Jacqueline, it\'s a beautiful vignette. Reminds me of Joanie\'s \'boxes\'... some of these memory boxes contain such gorgeous treasures.
Love, heart to heart,
Sarah
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deleted_user

Your journal brightened my day and just may stir up some little girl-little boy memories of my own. And I might just dress up one of the cats in my kids old baby clothes which I have stored in my basement. Aww. Here kitty, kitty!
KandL
KandL

Jacqueline, what a precious memory of your adorable girls. Thank you for sharing. It is good to remember the good times. Love to you & MayLyn, Linda
momjmc
momjmc

This made me cry with happiness for you to have this adorable memory!
biowoman
biowoman

That is too cute! I can just see the girls in the closet and the cat in panic mode. Hugs to you...Karen
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Thanks for sharing this memory of the girls. It made me smile when I read about the cat being dress up. Only something little girls would do...Hugs, Connie