One of my favorite childhood memories is of my Grandpa and I standing under his delightful Juneberry tree eating the delicious berries. I loved them. Juneberries look similar to a blueberry, only more burgundy than blue. They have a distinct taste – rather somewhere between the sweetness of a blueberry and the tartness of a raspberry.
I love this time of the year. Autumn, Fall, Holiday season – whatever you call it. Cooling trends begin as days get shorter. Trees begin dressing in their fall finery before decorating the ground with their orange, red and yellow jewels. We recently enjoyed a road trip that took us through several New England states…
The power of music to trigger memories is well documented in studies and by organizations such as Music and Memory . Singing with a loved one is a wonderful way to keep connected. Most folks have a song or two tucked away in their memory. A song learned when they were eight will remain with them when they are 80.
And finally, a memorial service is also one more way to show honor to a parent. As God’s word tells us in Ecclesiastes, there is “A time to mourn.”
It’s called Emotional memory. It is the memory of the feelings associated with an event, as opposed to the facts of the event.
I gave my friend some advice that I have been finding myself saying over and over: If it is at all possible, record your loved one’s voice while you still have the opportunity.
Whether physically, or virtually, try to take a trip or two down memory lane to enjoy a journey of a lifetime.
I would like to suggest a second set of 3R’s for this season of our lives: Remember, Record and Reconnect.
It’s clear that God remembered their actions, but He chose to focus on the good.
Don’t forget to also engage your emotions. If you include your feelings, you are more likely you are to remember something.