In my family (extended family included), most of us were born within several days of major holidays. The jury is out on whether that is a good thing or not. I’m just glad I don’t have a near-Christmas birthday. But, hey, we all work with what we’ve been given. 😉
The difficult part of this “holiday association” thing comes when our friends and loved ones pass on. The reason for their passing doesn’t matter. Whether they are no longer living or have just moved down a different path in life, each is missed in their own special way, especially during holidays and at family events/celebrations.
My friends are the greatest. One recently reminded me how thankful I am for my memories of special people, who are no longer with me. Some of these people had been with me since I was born, others were with me for years, still others crossed my path and were only with me for a “time or season.” Yet, they all made a lasting impression on me. I continue to learn from them to this day through the special times we shared and memories we made.
I’m also thankful for the new memories my friends helped me make throughout the grieving process and beyond. When the time was right I was able to look at the past with a smile, seeing the positives and beautiful memories without regret or sadness. My friends encouraged me to move forward even more by helping me create many new memories of shared holidays and events.
To those of you who helped me get through that time so many years ago: I appreciate you more than you will ever know! Thanks for helping me pick up the pieces; but, most of all, thanks for the super new memories. They were the perfect gift. 😀
Note: Parents, please lead by example and make the opportunity to spend time with the people in your life. Don’t just wait for a chance! Whether we’re talking about cherished family and friends or someone you’ve only known a little while, they are all in your life for a reason. You will think of them again. Make sure you have good memories to remember.
*To read a bit more about that time in my life, check out my section here.
Can you relate? Are especially thankful for a specific memory? Please, share.