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Memories Triggered

11630_123024974558911_1037031901_aThe busyness of life has taken me away from my writing for a while. However, my ponderings never stop. The simple things of life bring so many opportunities to marvel at God’s creations and goodness.

As I helped my 94-year old mom back into bed this morning, the workings of the human mind made me stop and wonder. I carefully lifted her legs into bed and then hugged her to move her upper body into a comfortable position. It’s not unusual that Mom would ramble off a ditty from her childhood, but today’s was a new one. She smiled and giggled as she said, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come.”

I was curious. “Mom, that’s a new one. Where did you learn that?”

She looked shocked. “I never said that before? Pa said it all the time when he put us to bed.”

I closed her bedroom door and decided to do the normal thing—I googled it. Lo and behold, I found it in the King James Bible in Proverbs 24:33. Mom had the exact words except she left off the last part. It goes like this:

A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth;
and thy want as an armed man.

Grandpa taught his little girl many truths from the Bible. Perhaps he didn’t want to scare her with the last part just as she was going to sleep for the night. But it wasn’t so much the wording that caught my attention but the memory.

Isn’t it funny how a certain smell or sight or action triggers memories? My hugging Mom triggered her memory of this one. All of Mom’s memories are happy ones; I guess that’s because she chooses to remember those more than any bad ones. If I live to be 94, I pray that I will be recalling happy ditties handed down from one generation to the next.

When a childhood memory is triggered today, take the time to stop and write it down. It just might be the beginning of your written story for the generations to come.

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