Saturday, May 16, 2015

I remember...



I've written before how the lyrics from Eric Church's song "Springsteen" have inspired me. Especially the line: "Funny how a melody sounds like a memory." I've seen him in concert 3 times now and each time he sings that song, he tells a story about how every time he hears a particular song, he is transported back to when he was 16 and at his first concert. He talks about still remembering how the grass smelled, how the sky looked, how his beer tasted. You would think that he would get tired of telling that story, and that his fans would get tired of hearing it. But every time I hear it, it's like the first time. He tells it with such sincerity, passion, and emotion that you can't help but be fascinated by his story. I love that. 

During the course of his story, he says 2 words over and over again: "I remember." There's a lot of power in those words and in the memories that stay with us.

So, I'd like to share a few things with you that I remember.

I remember... embracing solitude, even as a child. I spent a lot of time by myself, but it wasn't necessarily lonely. I was always content to stay in my room for days hours, reading book after book.

I remember... the utter joy and confidence I felt whenever someone told me that I was a good writer. Especially my dad.

I remember... the excitement of doing something forbidden. Your pulse feels like it's going a mile a minute. Your heart is pounding. You have butterflies in your stomach. You give free reign to the 'devil' on your shoulder. You smile from ear to ear. The anticipation is so delicious.

I remember... the endless tears after listening to my favorite sad song, Nothing Compares 2 U, over and over and over again.

I remember... the first time my husband laughed at one of my corny jokes.


What do you remember? 


P.S. Speaking of remembering - don't forget to join us beginning on May 20th for the biweekly Write or Die writers' link up. The prompt for the next 2 weeks is the photo below. Happy writing!!! 




17 comments:

  1. Good writing prompt. Could turn into a form of poetry for those more ambitious. I remember staying in my room for hours/days, too! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Becca @ How I RollMay 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Yes there is alot of power in those two little words. You're instantly transported back in time. What's funny to me is that we sort of know when we are having memorable experiences, part of the thrill of them is knowing one day I will look back and remember them. Well, the good ones anyway! Great post as always Mia, and oh, you're a fantastic writer! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow it really is amazing how those two words can evoke so much emotion! Today I remember my beautiful mother on what would have been her 59th birthday.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh gosh. I remember so many things. I will admit, I typically have a terrible memory. For example, if I don't write somethig down, I will most likely forget to do it (which is why I love my planner). However, I remember the last day I had with my mom like it just happened even though it was almost 14 years ago.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Unfortunately, many of the memories of my younger years are stories told to me. I do remember listening to my grandmother tell stories. I was SO eager for every word. I remember nearly every argument/fight with my brothers...there weren't a ton of them, but they were usually pretty intense when they did happen. I remember a hurtful words that were said to me even though I haven't seen or spoken to the people that said them in many moons. Lots to remember, but not always positive to dwell on. Thanks for sharing such an thought-provoking post!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have been blessed (or sometimes cursed) with a memory that remembers every single thing. It's a blessing because I can associate dates with events and who was wearing what. It can hurt because everything has a memory connected to it.. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the ability to remember.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Are you more ambitious, Lani? Because I would totally read the shit out of any poem you wrote. ;) Hint, hint. xo

    ReplyDelete
  8. You stop it right now! :) You're the bestest. I feel the warm and fuzzies. :) xo

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hugs!!! She is remembering you as well, I know it.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yessss! My planner is a necessity. I'm always scribbling things in it that I need to remember, lol.

    Big hugs to you. Big, giant, squishy, "Mia, you're CRUSHING me!!!" kind of hugs. xo

    ReplyDelete
  11. So true, Andrea! Remembering can be a bit of a double-edged sword. I try not to dwell on the negative memories too much, but there are days when they just come at me unexpectedly.

    ReplyDelete
  12. That's an excellent point, Sheryl - being grateful for the ability to remember. The good and the bad. I like that. You always have a unique perspective to share and I love it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. I wish. I'm afraid I'm working too much at the moment to be ambitious. I know, booooo. But thanks, sweets!

    ReplyDelete
  14. What kind of planner do you use? I used to get cheapy Target planners, but this year I got a personal size binder planner so all I have to do is buy inserts every year. I LOVE how much I can customize this thing!


    I love big, giant, squisy Mia hugs!!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I have always enjoyed my alone time too. I love to read and the best place for me to read is a comfy, quiet place.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh yes, that sounds lovely! :) Thanks so much for reading, Jessica!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ohh, tell me more about your planner. I'm all about customization, haha. :)
    I use an Erin Condren planner for blog stuff. And I use a Simplified Emily Ley planner for everything else. Really pricy, but those are the few blog splurges I allow myself, haha.

    ReplyDelete

Roses are red, violets are blue, you know what's awesome? Getting comments from YOU!