They say don't look back, the past is behind you, focus on the future. It isn't bad advice. We can't change the past, and the future is limitless possibility. But each of us exists on a timeline that begins with birth and ends at last breath. The distance from point A to point B shrinks as we move forward and soon the promise of tomorrow is overwhelmed by memories. Good memories and bad, happy memories and sad; there is more to look back on than forward to. The photo albums are stored in the cloud of the mind, where favorites are easily recalled on a whim, where we can smile and remember, or remember and weep for what we've lost. An aged library overflowing with memories for every mood is a blessing; we're lucky if there are those who want to hear the stories we tell and take them home as treasured heirlooms.
~Elise Skidmore ©2020