Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Awakener of Memories

Memory keeper. I think perhaps that is the who I'd like to be thought of. A memory keeper. Maybe Memory Awakener. Hm. I think I like that better. What brought this on, you ask? An email.

I received an email this morning from a reader of my newspaper column. She thanked me for writing the column and said that it brought her memories back to her, that we seemed to share similar lives with our families. I remember her. Linda was ahead of me in school, but I remember her well. I guess I would be more amazed if she remembered me.

Awakening memories. Two words I like singularly and even better when connected. This entire blog is about memories. I find that the more I write, the more the memories rap at the door of my awareness. I hadn't really thought that they were the same type of memories that other families shared, too. I was a kid and didn't stay there to build more memories with my fellow Franklin Township people. I took my recollections of the past, of my family, of my then neighbors with me. I didn't think of what was happening in other homes. Now I hunger to learn more. I want to sit on the porches and talk for hours over coffee and scenery. I want to learn the history of those others who had their own Neff Road. I want once more to embrace old friends and acquaintances.

I'm not sure where this journey is leading me. It started with a weekly column I wrote in a weekly office memo. Then it grew into a column in a Newsletter. From there it drew me to a blog and a newpaper column in my 'hometown' paper. Best of all, it has lead me to other people and their memories. It takes me home again and again. Walking into the past with those who walked it with me. All of them Memory Awakeners.

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