Memories -again Thelma has stirred up memories as she looks through old photographs. For our trips abroad David and I kept albums of photographs and every day I mean to get one out and begin to look through them because once I have gone there will really be no point in anyone keeping them because they will mean nothing to anyone else. I appear in only a few because I was the photographer but they do bring back so many lovely memories of our trips around the World and I am not ever likely to go anywhere again - in fact I have no desire to go anywhere again. But I so often recall places we have been and people we have met (our friends in the Netherlands who we met in Norway and have seen so many times since for example). My first husband once bought me a little plaque with a picture of a girl sitting at a piano playing and a quote underneath which said 'A moment enjoyed is never wasted' - very true.
When I put my table place mats away this morning I put the box on top of a studio portrait of me aged five = a child - it was taken eighty four years ago - I can remember it being taken and I can remember the turquoise woollen dress I was wearing. Photos are also things that stir up memories which float up like cream to the top of your coffee - they may not always be accurate but I don't think it really matters. I am sure when I look through our holiday photos I may remember the wrong place, or the wrong holiday - but it will stir up happy memories all the same.
And that brings me to another question (I am in questionable mood this week). I saw a short film on television about life on an island of 1500 inhabitants in the Outer Hebrides - only 300 had had Covid. Some of the older islanders had never left the island and had no desire whatsoever to do so. Would their life be any less rich than ours? Charging all over the place, wandering about in foreign places, ancient and historic sites, meeting people from different countries - it all dies with us. Perhaps it is just up to us to make the best of whatever life has given us (or if life gives you lemons make lemon curd) and benefit from it and pass that benefit on to one another.
Are you a traveller or are you a home bird?