Memory on the Menu is the WordPress prompt today. “Which good memories are better — the recent and vivid ones, or those that time has covered in a sweet haze?”
One of the reasons haiku is good for me is because it helps me focus on the present tense, which is where we live and where we create new memories for the future.
My memories have changed over time as well. I still remember hard situations, yet also see the gifts of love and beauty God gave to help me endure; and as I served as a caregiver in my family every weekend for many years. Those are sweet memories now, though I also remember in a real way. I could read haiku when other kinds of reading were impossible. I love the chapbooks crafted with love. Not too much on one page.
Seeing something beautiful outside the window, that we might have missed otherwise, transforms the day. The roses I picked yesterday fill the house with fragrance, and I only picked a few flowers.
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1 Corinthians 13 says that love is the most important; more than knowledge, for example. Every once in awhile, I understand a tiny bit more. In the meantime, I pray, cook, blog, take photos, and create those new memories. I love simple everyday life.
A winter poem, which is mostly a quote:
covered with snow
brings to mind
words ancient and true
For now we see
through a glass darkly;
but then face to face:
now I know in part;
but then shall I know
even as also
I am known.