"Remembering is painful, it's difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom." ~Paul Greengrass
Have you had someone you met briefly and only once call you by name when you meet up for the second time? I have and it is a wonderful feeling to be remembered. Remembering another and what is important to them makes that person feel special.
I'm the first to admit that my memory is faulty. I forget and in an effort not to miss appointments, birthdays and other important events, I keep a detailed calendar. I have lost all the information on my electronic calendar more than once causing panic in my life. But remembering is more than recalling statistics. It is remembering shared experiences and meaningful events in the lives of those we love. My grandchildren love to hear stories about the family particularly events that included them. Remembering is a way to show we care.
Before my daughter gave birth to her first child, she would ask me a lot of question about milestones in her childhood. Once she asked me how old she was when she started to walk and I said I honestly couldn't remember. In that half teasing, half serious tone Kathryn can get sometimes, she said, "Come on Mom, just make something up." It was an eye opening moment for me. Kathryn wanted me to remember because remembering meant I cared.
Love is remembering. It's love to remember to call and ask your grandchild about their favorite class. Or asking your husband how lunch was with the gang from work. Love through remembering is about following up on the big and small events in life and showing you cared enough to remember. Do you remember to ask about the events in the life of your loved ones? Do you remember only the "big stuff"? Do you think remembering is important?