Remembrance

Field Remembrance Nature Flowers Poppies Wallpaper Flower Mobile My memory is getting better. Every year I find I can remember another year further back – isn’t that amazing? When I was a child, I used to think my Dad was ancient because he could remember and tell us about things that had happened to him 40 or 50 years ago. Now I find I can easily do the same – even though I often have more trouble remembering what I did yesterday (see Breaded Chicken –two blog posts ago). As we are both reaching 60 this year, David and I (to be fair, it’s mainly me) seem to reminisce more. Recently we spent an evening talking about things that happened in our childhood and teenage years (we knew each other as far back as primary school – aw!). I still remember the ‘proper’ way to wind up electrical cable, as demonstrated to us girls in ‘Mathetes’ music group by the super-knowledgeable blokes (David and Richard). I can also still remember the words of the hymn ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ that we learned in Irish when we sang at the Letterkenny Folk Festival in 1975! I have just rediscovered this lovely wee poem on remembering (which I vaguely remember from school days): https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44387/i-remember-i-remember

Remembrance is a big issue at this time of year. For many people All Saints Day on 1st November is a time to give thanks for loved ones who are no longer alive. This year there has been a lot of focus on remembering particular events of the First and Second World Wars – the Dunkirk evacuation (with the launch of the Christopher Nolan film), then the Battle of Passchendaele and also the launch of the Irish poppy to remember Irish soldiers who died in WW1. At a personal level, as we approach the end of another year we are bound to look back and remember the changes since last year. Some memories are painful, others are happy… some things are helpful to remember; others would perhaps be better forgotten. Whatever our memories, we will do well to heed St Paul’s advice:
‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.’

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