Memories can be the sharing of small special moments. Yesterday, for example Hayden took his Christmas money to take his sister to see Frozen. We spent the afternoon walking around Downtown Disney and then watched the movie in their dinner theater. It wasn’t any big thing but it was fun and special. I know that it will build memories for both of them. It will be something special for just the two of them.
While we were there we bought a Disney pin for Caleb’s collection. We found aviator Mickey. We decided that would be a great way to remind him of the start of his Air Force career. When he looks at it even though he wasn’t with us he’ll be reminded that his siblings are proud of him and found a way to share with them.
There are things that my children love to do for the sake of tradition. One is to have sparkling grape juice on hand to toast each other with tonight as they ring in the New Year. We just happened to go to Williamsburg in 1996 and 2006. It wasn’t by design it just happened. So now my guys are saying we have to plan to go in 2016 because it’s are tradition to go every 10 years.
But sometimes there is a more serious to memories. I look at my son and daughter in law this past week. Shortly after they left Juba, South Sudan, the country erupted into violence. While there is calm at the moment things are still very unstable. They don’t know if they will be able to return. They were planning on moving on in the new year but hadn’t had a chance to say good-bye. Kelly has the memories of her work with school age children and try to help them learn about better ways to resolve conflict. If young people are armed by the military they children will have a face. Jacob has worked out of Juba for over 5 years. He has lived, shopped, and helped. He has been in contact with many nationals. He will take the memories of these people with him for the rest of his life.
So memories may be about thing both big and small. They might be good or bad but they will always leave their mark on our lives.