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PostSubject: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 11:11 am

Apart from the birth of a child, wedding day or family celebration, what is your happiest memory?

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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 11:14 am

Since my memory is starting to go, I'll have to say Tuesday is my happiest memory!lol!


Seriously, I'd say my first freefall...but Tuesday's Inaguration was great too.
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 11:16 am

Good one Don! It was a bit special! What is your happiest memory? 748523

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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 11:22 am

Coming to the end of my Brain Operation and realiizing I was alive and well. Oh what a relief it was!

Next purchasing our home in Hemel Hempstead and redoing it.

Getting off of drugs --looks like I will get to do that one again.

Too many of them to recall--have had far more good than bad.

That is the geat thing about life--the contrasts. how would you know you were really happy if you had never been sad?
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 12:20 pm

Let's see, there was . . . oops, can't tell about that one. Then there was the time . . . no, that's out too. Oh, well.
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 12:48 pm

Happy times are generally more frequent than bad ones. That's why bad news is news and good news is most often not. Often, though, the happy times and bad times are related, especially when one comes from a family with multiple dysfunctions. My most recent happiest times are split between two related occasions. And Shelagh, while there were family celebrations going on, they were not in themselves, the cause of the happiness. On my 64th birthday, in August of '07, my oldest daughter came back into my life after our having been estranged for 3 1/2 years. This past Thanksgiving, my younger daughter came back as well. That huge, empty hole that had been in my heart since about this time, 2004, is full again. Nothing could get better than that. Except, of course, the news that accompanied my younger daughter's return: Her husband's cancer was caught before it had time to spread, and all that concerns him now is learning to use his new knee.

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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 2:06 pm

I was so very happy to finally read through all the posts about Absolute Write and to find it way down the list of posts when I came back to the main page. Yay!!
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 2:17 pm

Dick Stodghill wrote:
Let's see, there was . . . oops, can't tell about that one. Then there was the time . . . no, that's out too. Oh, well.
... modesty forbid.

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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 3:03 pm

I like this thread! I have always said my happiest moments are in the vignettes of joy that I collect in my memories to take me through the rough times. They include moments like Dick's - the details of which remain in my heart and can't be written here - but also include watching my 89 year old mother helping me sign books at Barnes and Nobles in Muskegon, Michigan. She was a vision of youth and vitality, much more at home in that store than I was! She was a gracious, southern lady with a winning smile.
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 5:49 pm

One time, Shelagh, a person I knew very slightly wrote on the wall at the school, "For A Good Time, Call Betty!"


Thinking back, I may not have been the Betty that he meant, but seeing those words, I was mortified. His name was Don Skelly. He and his friends tried to look into my bathroom window one night. George Anderson, my foster father, went out in his bvd's with a shot gun. The next day, it was the talk of the school.

What 16 year old boys will do.

Now that I am older, I imagine the talk around town about me when I came to live with the Anderson's. Poor white trash The Anderson's, in their goodness had taken in. Parents wondering out loud what would come of that and if I would be the dead loss they "always knew" white trash to be.


It takes time passing to sort out best memories. Often we are not aware of the importance in our life the moment holds. When I think back on George going out in his underwear to protect my honor, I have to say it was a moment I will never forget.

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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyThu Jan 22, 2009 10:33 pm

I too have those flash memories like Dick and Don. The older one gets the more precious they become.

Often a good memories are associated with a bad ones. Surviving when one thought all was lost is a big one.
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 2:29 am

I have sooo many happy memories.

One of the most special was seeing my dad meet his great- grandson.

I know he never expected to live too see a fourth generation in his family.
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 4:40 am

Sometimes, what seemed really awful at the time it happened, in retrospect was a turning point toward something better.
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 4:40 am

merrihiatt wrote:
Love the new pic, Shelagh!
Thanks Merri! I'm a little older but no wiser, alas!

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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 6:42 am

Stepping off the plane into my wife and childrens arms and hearing my 3 year old daughter (at the time) say I missed you Daddy.
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 9:08 am

See my first book in print after years of rejection, so it was self published but that moment is special. There are so many others like finding out I was going to be a dad, see my children taking their first step, saying the first word. The list can go on and on just like us all. Very Happy
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Is strange how people seem to dwell on the bad we should try to look to the happy times. For is not these time that make laugh worth living. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 6:37 pm

I've been thinking today of another happy memory. My oldest daughter got her MFA from U of H during the early 90's. While there, she was a teaching assistant in costume design, a postition she earned from her undergrad days, when she ran the costume shop at the school she had attended, and had won several awards for her designs.

Anyway, this particular summer, her husband was away, playing in a summer band program. He was also working on a graduate degree, in music, from Rice University. (Sorry, I always digress when I'm telling stories.) Lynn was naturally missing him, and feeling lonely, so she asked me if I would be interested in a summer job, working as a stitcher in the U of H costume shop. It sounded kind of fun. I had done a lot of sewing when the children were little, and felt like I remembered enough to be able to do the job, so I agreed. There were two major projects going on there, a children's theater and the Shakespeare festival, so the costumes were really fun to work on, and Lynn and I got to know each other in a different way. She was one of my bosses. As the summer ended, the Shakespeare Festival began, and her sister Susan came to Houston as her summer job was ending and she had a few weeks before the next semester of college started. The Shakespeare Festival is always held at an outdoor theater, Miller Theater, and the weather was perfect, not too hot, no rain. We sat on a little rise for three nights, watching Measure for Measure, Richard II, and Romeo and Juliet. (And I had actually made the lining of Bolingbroke's cape!) We all wore these oversized T-shirts advertising the festival. We would stop, on the way each evening, at a mid-eastern deli for some hummus, babaganoush, fresh made pita bread, and a bottle of Frexinet [sic?] champagne, then sit on our hill and watch the plays, calling out the lines we had memorized from having read them several times over: "Come, let us sit upon the ground [which we were doing, actually] and tell sad stories of the death of kings..."

I still have the T-shirt.

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What is your happiest memory? 950944 Ann,

Great memory!
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Great story, Ann! Memories like that are the real treasures.
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What is your happiest memory? 986286 A happy memory I have is of visiting our daughter in Hemel Hempstead, and renovating her house. I managed to lay a tile floor in her ktchen--we had such fun. I decorated the baby's room in Beatrice Potter.

Those were the days!

I would work all day in Seattle, then take an overnight flight to the UK-- have fun then fly home and return to work the next day.

Those were the days of Energy! What is your happiest memory? 986286 What is your happiest memory? 986286 What is your happiest memory? 986286
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptySat Jan 24, 2009 8:59 am

And very inspiring Wink
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I concur! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: What is your happiest memory?   What is your happiest memory? EmptySat Jan 24, 2009 9:34 am

Ann,
anyone who eats hummus, babaganoush, fresh made pita bread, and a bottle of....got to be special.

good story.
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