Memories are precious and connect us to a reality that is timeless. The other day a friend mentioned that a log house we built in Alaska was up for sale on the Internet. We looked it up and sure enough, an advertisement for the log house we built forty years ago featured many pictures of our first home. Memories flooded over us as we viewed the pictures showing in what good shape it remains. So much love and care went into its design and building. My parents and brother were a tremendous help in its construction. We were all young and strong then.

I was reminded of a poem I recently heard. I think it was entitled “I am She.” Wonderfully crafted, it spoke of being all the things I have ever been. I am that child sitting on her mother’s lap. I am the young newlywed, the struggling student and the grandparent. Within me right now—the eternal now—are all the experiences I have ever had: the good, the bad and the ugly—and the beautiful. I love that idea. It makes me want to embrace the now and live it fully, drawing from it all that I can, so that as I go forward, this, too, will be a memory I cherish.



About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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