The Importance of Memories

The last Autumn leaves slowly drift to the ground and the earth is preparing for the longest night of the year.  Memories of idyllic childhood days, and those of days not so long ago, are flooding my mind. A treasure trove of moments, some sad, others filled with laughter and joy.

Autumn on Highland Avenue

Autumn on Highland Avenue

A great quote by Burton Homes talks about travel memories. Homes says, “The only things I own which are still worth what they have cost me are my travel memories…the mind-pictures of places which I have been hoarding like a happy miser.”

Memories

With Idan and Laura in Las Vegas

And travel memories I have plenty. They are among my happiest. 2015 has been no exception. New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas, lots of Florida (read Disney and Universal Studios), and even a cruise with The Mouse.

Memories Made in Birmingham

But not all memories are travel related. There were the memories made right here in Birmingham.

Memories

Mary Poppins with Theresa, Fran and Debra

Running my first hometown race, the Mercedes half marathon, was a wonderful experience. Seeing my colleague Tanya after she did the full marathon, dancing at race retreat, is certainly something I won’t forget.

With Tanya and Zach after the race

With Tanya and Zach after the race

Welcoming friends from out of town, celebrating holidays together, and publishing yet another edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids.

Memories

Welcoming Wendy to Birmingham

Enjoying a meal, music, or a walk with a friend: That’s the stuff memories are made of.

Walking with Annette

Walking with Annette

I believe that it is important to hang on to every memory we possibly can. It is the glue that keeps families and friends smiling, it is who we are, and it is a portal to those who are no longer with us.

Memories

With Papa and my brothers in Belgium

Ibn Battuta said, “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” May I add that it turns you into a memory maker.