Today I enjoyed working outside on this warm, sunny beautiful day raking up more leaves. There are woods that surround our property and it seems to be an endless task of raking leaves and picking up twigs and branches that have fallen throughout the winter.
Today was a good day to start the spring cleaning. I find working in the yard to be therapeutic and it is special to me because I feel close to my mom when I am working outside because she enjoyed it.
She has been gone from us for ten years now and today she would have turned 91 years old.
Mom enjoyed getting her hands dirty digging in the dirt and planting flowers. She was diligent in getting on her knees to pull weeds and dig up dandelions. Before Dad retired she was always willing to use hedge clippers to trim the bushes and push the lawn mower and work as hard as him.
Every morning in the spring and summer Mom and Dad would sit outside in the comfort of their backyard enjoying their morning coffee planning their day and surveying the yard. I cherish that memory.
What hobby did your parents have that they thoroughly enjoyed? Preserving the legacies of your parents will prevent them from ever being forgotten and future descendants will be able to read these life stories and understand their family heritage. Pull out your laptop or grab paper and pen and start Keeping Your Memories of your parents starting with the following questions:
• In what ways are you like your parent(s)? And not like your parent(s)?
• What did you enjoy doing with your parent(s)?
• What was your proudest moment of your parent(s)?
• What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your parent(s)?
• What is the one thing you most want people to remember about your parent(s)?