Saturday, April 09, 2011

Day 9 Gratitude: Memories

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~From the television show The Wonder Years

It is easy to take things for granted and not realize how precious they are.  Memories are one of those things that we can't appreciate enough until they are gone.  Looking back at our lives, we each own treasures in the form of memories, special moments that will never happen again.  Oddly enough, most memories are unplanned instances that became magical with time and distance.  This space showed the uniqueness of the situation and makes the memory even more special.

This photos was taken sometime in the mid-1980s, before we moved to NH full time and before Veronica was born.  It was a time in my life when my favorite thing to do was spend summer days swimming with my brother and sisters, visiting our elderly neighbors and having no responsibilities!  The Bickford's, our extremely kind neighbors were known for their plentiful gardens, of which they would share their bounty.  This particular summer, the tomato season was horrible, due to either too much rain or too little.  But, Mr. Bickford never gave up.  Damian and I snuck into his yard and tied store-bought tomatoes to his vines, so he would be surprised.  When we saw our neighbor the next day, we told him "Tony Tomato"  (Damian dressed up with a red pillow belted around his waist and a red hat) was responsible!
It was a funny thing and we all enjoyed a good laugh.
To this day, Dame still mentions "Tony Tomato" as one of his memories.  I am blessed to share this one as well.

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