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Heartwings Love Notes 931 - Gone but not Forgotten

Heartwings says, "Memories can provide comfort and solace from the past."

When I was a little girl living in Manchester by the Sea, my family shopped for our groceries in the village, as well as sundries from a small shop that carried a variety of small useful things we used often. For larger purchases my mother drove to Beverly, where there was a large department store called Almy's, as well as a Woolworth's and a Grant's. However, for fancy goods like wedding presents my parents shopped in Salem, the next town over, at a store that glittered with silver and jewelry called Daniel Lowe's.

The Daniel Lowe's building has transformed and Salem has become a tourist Mecca for seekers of magical items and New Age accoutrements. Beverly too is much changed. Almy's is long gone, as are the 5 and 10 cent stores I enjoyed. Even the bakery that later on I shopped at with my children, who remember it still for its delicious cookies, is no more. Yet the stores of my childhood live on in my memory, ready for me to walk through and gaze again at their counters holding a mixture of the practical and the precious.

People I have known who have vanished from my active life also remain for me to recall. Those who are amongst the living I can send a Christmas card to. Those who no longer walk the earth occupy a kind of photo album available to my memory. I turn the pages sometimes and think with pleasure of the experiences we shared, and how I enjoyed them. I am grateful for these and for the time we spent: my grandmother with her endless card games and trips in her ancient automobile, dear departed neighbors from an earlier place we lived in Grafton, and more.

As Memorial Day approaches, I remember not only the people but also the places and even possessions of the past. They are gone only from the physical part of life. They live on in my memory as in the memories of others who may have known of them. One of the fun experiences to be had in gathering with family or old friends is the memories to be shared and enjoyed together. Memorial Day encourages me to think not only about my dear departed, or even those who gave their lives that I might be free, but of the sweetness of those memories. As in my mind I see these faces and these places, they seem to me to be like flowers I place upon the granite memorials of those who have departed.

May you have wonderful memories to solace your heart on Memorial Day and always.

P.S. Do you enjoy your memories of those and that which has passed from your life? I do find a solace in this myself. How about you? I love it when you write to me with comments, questions or suggestions. Your emails make my day. Please write to me at tashahal@gmail.com, and check out my web pages at www.Heartwingsandfriends.com

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Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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