Monday, January 2, 2012
Taking down the Tree and reliving the memories
It's time, again, to take Christmas and wrap it back up in the boxes until next time. Our tree is filled with ornaments that were handmade or have sentimental value. We also have an ornament for each year...we are missing a few but for the most part they are there. I have several that the girls made throughout their childhood and in girls scouts, each one reminding me of them at that particular age. Others were made my mother when she was big into cross stitching on plastic canvas. I also have quite a few that were my grandparents that hung on my parent's tree when I was I growing up...makes me remember the times with them. Of course, there are new ones that we have acquired over the years and from gifts. Each one has a memory and when I put them up I recall those memories and smile.
Today, when I was taking the ornaments off the tree I held each one and thought of all the memories they had and wondered if my girls would do that when they have homes and trees of their own. They don't seem interested in assisting in the decorating of the tree or house and when I remind them of an ornament, they tend to listen but their mind is not there.
Does their generation not care about the history of their family or the memories of it all? Are they too into their technology to stop and think about the past?
I guess I am being sentimental today. Heck, I have been that way since Valerie started college. Empty nest is still in full swing.
Later this month, I will be taking on the task of clearing out some boxes of items that I saved from their school years. Organizing them and protecting them a bit better than they are. I guarantee I will be using some tissues and will be texting or calling the girls to say...Remember this....OR...I can't believe we saved this...
Reliving memories is what keeps our history alive...I hope my girls do the same to their families in the future.