This Weekend is One to Remember


A righteous (woman) will be remembered forever.
Psalm 112:6


It sits in the back of my closet as stoic as Buckingham's guard. Armored in plastic. Dressed in ordinary. Dutiful always. But it beckons tears, laughter and sighs. Its' formal name is Memory Bin but you can just call him Morrie. 


This weekend we remember. 


Some of Morrie's Treasures:
1. Carynne's Pirate Hand - Age 3
2. Clara's Button Cross - Age 3
3. Hayleigh's self-portrait - Age 7
4. Hannah as a Snowman - Age 7
We recall the sacrifice of boys who didn't play enough football and saw far too much tragedy.


We recount the smell of Grandma's cookies and Grandpa's tough, quiet demeanor.


Inside Morrie lie treasures that hold no meaning for you but spell delight for me. They are unique, personal valuables. Some treasures, though, can not be held in any thing. They are tucked in the folds of our hearts.


The burst of a raspberry on my tongue ushers me away to the magical spaces of my grandparent's kitchen. 


The sound of an organ floats me to the top of their stairs.


A glimpse of a Scrabble board implores me to join them in the parlor.


Someday I will be gone. Nothing can alter that reality. What remains may get tucked into a box named Morrie or Mary but the real treasure takes no space in the attic. It's home is in the heart.


As I celebrate Memorial Day weekend, I want to stitch some more ordinary into the fabric of my home. I want to exchange knowing looks with my husband, laugh with my children and drink in the weekend one hour at the time. 


This weekend will be one to remember.

19 comments:

  1. I loved this Shannon! What a great style of writing and so descriptive...fabulous! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend:)

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    1. You too, Courtney. Do y'all have any exciting plans? :)

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  2. This is beautiful. I love the way you turn a phrase. I especially love, "...I want to stitch some more ordinary into the fabric of my home." I didn't know I wanted that too, until I read it. Thank You!

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  3. I am echoing the previous comments by saying this is such a beautiful piece of writing. :)

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    1. Thank you so much. It's off to a great start. How's yours going?

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  5. How deep and insightful, Shannon! Excellent writing dear friend, loved, loved, loved it!

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    1. Awwww, thanks Anne! Hope your weekend was fantastic!

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  6. What a touching post. We don't have a such 'Memorial Day weekend' --- what is it? --- but your feelings are very familiar to me, as mother, daughter, aunt. So many memories. Worldwide, these feelings are recognizable. And you've chosen a great psalm on the top of your blog ;-)

    Here in Holland we celebrate the coming of the Spirit now. It is Pentecost (Sunday and Monday)

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    1. Memorial Day is a special holiday here when we remember soldiers who died protecting our country. Many also celebrate the holiday by remembering loved ones who have passed on.

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  7. It's neat to remember, isn't it, that we'll have no need of memorabilia in heaven. We'll go on forever. That's reassuring to me as a sentimental person. Thanks for sharing some of your memories!

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  8. This is great! Happy Memorial Day. I just lost my grandad recently, who was a PPOW in WWII. Wounded, imprisoned, and missing for 8 months in a Nazi prison. So thankful for heroes like that. There hard to find these days:)

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    1. Kelli, you are so right! One of my relatives was a POW in Georgia at Anderson prison during the Civil War. We have the letters he wrote his sweetie while there and they are a true treasure. The perseverance and dedication they showed are rare traits indeed!

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  9. Always love seeing you pop into my email inbox, Shannon! Your words always speak to the depths of my heart. I, too, am all about creating memories...particularly when it comes to my children. Today is a day that will be gone tomorrow never to be had again, but I will hold the beautiful memories of it if I take intentional time to create them in the first place. :)

    Hope you had a memorable and beautiful Memorial Day weekend!

    Hugs,
    Rosann

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