Old Memories

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  - From the television show "The Wonder Years"

I was looking at my brother's old car today and noticed how much the paint has peeled off this summer. My brother restored a old Buick Skylark when he was just out of high school. On the first night of driving his perfect new-old car he was hit head on by a drunk driver. My brother was physically okay (minus bumps and bruises) but broken-hearted at the sight of his now totaled car.

My brother soon found himself another Buick and restored that one, too. He sold it eventually but never forgot all that his first cars had meant to him. One day he was browsing some ads and found his Buick for sale by a woman in another state. He decided to repurchase it with the hopes of one day restoring it again.

Isn't it interesting the things people do because of memories? Some people hold on to clothes or jewelry, note cards and letters, flower pots and dishes because looking at them reminds them of days gone by. Some other people tell us that we should get rid of these old things because they are clutter. They say that the memories are held in our hearts and minds and not in our beloved things.

I disagree. If it wasn't for a certain "thing" I wouldn't remember a certain event as often, if ever, unless I crossed paths with it. Old Memories are treasures for the most part. I know some memories are painful and I pray that everyone is able to come to terms with those somehow. However, it's those happy memories of good times, achievements and successes that keep us moving forward.


  1. So true. I have a collection of old, worthless things, but the memories associated with them are priceless.

  2. Sometimes, memories are all we have left. I really like that photo. You captured it very well. Just didn't want that lost with thought!