Thursday, March 10, 2016

It's The Little Things: Nostalgia

You know what I'm talking about. That warm, fuzzy feeling we have when we think about fond memories in our past. I love that feeling, don't you? It's mostly a comforting, happy emotion but it comes with a tinge of sadness, too. Because whatever we're remembering is something that is lost in some way.


But I digress.

I've been feeling very nostalgic. The feeling was brought on by skyping with my younger daughter earlier this week. As I was speaking to her while she sat in her dorm room, hearing about her plans, her new apartment, the future, I kept picturing her like this:


As a five year old.

It made me smile. And it tugged at my heartstrings.

The power of nostalgia. So bittersweet.

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  1. I know what you mean with nostalgia; it indeed can be a little bittersweet. What is amazing is how fast they grow up, isn't it?

    betty

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    1. It is quite amazing, Betty! Look at you...you're a grandmother. I bet you have trouble believing that sometimes!

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  2. And some day she'll probably have a wee one of her own like that!

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    1. That would be awesome! Imagine all the photos I'd take :)

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  3. Heart strings. What would we do without them? Now matter how old they are those precious little girls are still our precious little girls!

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  4. You should be very proud. You have given her the strength to use her own wings.

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    1. Thanks, Gail. I certainly am proud. I'm very happy that she has the confidence and eagerness to be independent like this. It gives me peace of mind, too.

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  5. I had a lot of those when my daughter went off to university too! Then her former tennis coach told me that I have gained a friend, not lost a daughter.

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    1. That is such a great way to look at it, Christine! And you're right. I feel like that sometimes. It's a good thing.

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  6. I know exactly what you mean when you say "The power of nostalgia. So bittersweet."

    It's part of life's rich pattern was a favourite of my Dear Mum, (and I think a lot of other people say it too) but that saying has always been with me.

    It's lovely to look back at photo's and remember good times - and still look forward to more.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Looking at photos and reminiscing is something I enjoy immensely. There are so many good memories, and I also look forward to creating more!

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  7. My mother tells me she has dreams where I'm little

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  8. Along with nostalgia is that very few people keep that memory any more. I guess I'm a nostalgic person as I like thinking on the past. doing my pictures brought back a lot of stuff.

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    1. And I really enjoy when you share some of those photos and memories. They are very interesting!

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  9. That must be so difficult, Martha, even if they are wonderful memories. Mothers are very special people who's bond with their children is very strong....forever.

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    1. It is bittersweet, Jim. But I'm also the type of mom that encourages my kids to spread their wings and fly. I'm happy that they are doing that!

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  10. But even if you see her as five, more important is that you are letting her fly and that's the best thing any mom can do. You are a good role model, too boot.

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    1. Thanks, Wonder Woman. I love my two girls and I miss them living with us. But more importantly, I'm very happy that they can fly the coop so easily. That is a very good thing. They are confident and eager to get out into the world and live their lives. At such a young age. I can't even begin to explain how thrilled I am about this.

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  11. They seem to grow up in the blink of an eye, don't they? We raise our children to be independent and self-confident, so that they can go out in the world and live their lives, but it's nice to have them home, too. -Jenn

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    1. That's exactly right, Jenn. I love that my girls can easily go into the world and live their lives, but I also like when they are home for awhile, so I can 'mother' them :)

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  12. I am doing the same thing with my 18 & 20 year old's. Bittersweet.

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    1. It is, Birdie. I find myself thinking about those first years more and more lately!

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