My dad is far far away in a distant land, but he exemplifies the type of father that I want to be. He takes time to send me long emails, and puts in serious thought to my questions that I send him. From far away he is still so present in my life and it’s because he purposes to engage with me. What an honor to have him so close while so far away.
This last week was no different. After spending the Fourth of July at my childhood house, the house that my parents sold to move away to Cambodia, we were exchanging some stories when my dad replied with something that caused me to lean back on the couch and ponder for a long time. I was going to elaborate on his thought, but I think that he says it best. Here’s his quote in regards to memories.
It goes along with the saying “leave while the party is good”. It’s obvious when you see people that have not learned this lesson and they try to relive old memories. They try in vain and become frustrated and discouraged as it’s impossible to take a memory and make it fresh again but rather it causes it to spoil. It is however possible to keep fresh moments fresh forever in our memories when we learn to not try bottling them for safe keeping.