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What a beautiful piece, Wesley. Your children are blessed to have parents who give them the time, love, and attentiveness that sweet memories are made of. It's almost always the simplest things that they remember best and most fondly...and the fact that you made them feel so loved and cherished.



These memories will return with a smell, a season, a song... when they least expect it.


With memories like these, how could they remember anything BUT a wonderful childhood in a happy home?


This is so well said...for me I find that the sense of smell is one of the most amazing triggers of memories of home. And I always wonder what my kids will remember...and what about me will bug them. LOL


I wonder that for my children, I grew up in a small farming community. Now I am raising my kids in the highly mobile overseas diplomatic community. Will they remember any of the places we lived as home or just places we stayed for a while?

Rosanne - Firefly Nights

If these are the things that your children have to choose from as they look back on their life in their older years, they have truly had a wonderful childhood. I grew up on a farm and have some of these memories and additional similar ones. I feel so sorry for the children who grow up in apartments and townhouses and cramped subdivisions who never get to experience the things you've mentioned. I hope your children will come to realize how special their life is.

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