The Making Of A Memory

One can't predict when or where they will come from; those memories that stay with us a lifetime, and never fail to bring us warm fuzzy feelings.
 
My husband had just finished loading his car; made one lap back through the house and then into the kitchen. "I guess filling my thermos is all I have left to do, and then I'm off."
Down the drain went the hot water that had been warming his thermos.
 
With a very nostalgic look on his face he softly said, "When I filled this with water earlier, I thought of your mom. In fact, anytime I fill my thermos I think of her."
 
"Oh honey, that's so sweet. I know she's watching and listening right now with a big smile on her face," I responded as tears began to brim my eyelids.
 
"You know, I never fill my thermos that I don't think of her, and I always smile too." The tone in his voice was so tender as he spoke of my mother who is no longer with us.
 
Years ago we had been visiting my parents, and the morning we were leaving mother watched as Jerry began to fill his thermos. Being the "coffee drinker" in the family, he's always placed himself in charge of thermos duties.
 
Mom then casually offered up a tidbit of advice. "Jerry, if you would fill your thermos with hot water and let it sit a while, your coffee would stay hot longer on your drive." The look on his face was priceless as her simple suggestion sunk in. Well of course it would! It only makes all the sense in the world! Who wouldn't know that?
 
He dumped the small amount of coffee already in the thermos, and ran the tap until it was at its hottest; then refilled with piping hot water. After pouring himself a fresh cup of coffee, he sat down to enjoy a few more minutes with mom, and to discuss this unique new idea.
 
Words of wisdom from a loving mother-in-law made an impact that will never be forgotten. When spoken that morning, Jerry didn't realize he would always hear those words ringing in his ears.  He never dreamed her words would be a treasured and everlasting memory in the heart of her son-in-law.
 
The "fondest, lasting memories" don't necessarily come from "major moments" in life...the making of a memory happens sometimes during those small uneventful times, during those times when we least expect it. Life is about small moments we share with friends and loved ones.
 
Kathleene S. Baker
 
 
"Quotes To Ponder"
 
 
I have been reading some quotes by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, a German philosopher [1844-1900] with whom I have  always considered myself at odds, on the philosophy and theme of life.
 
But after reading a whole page of his quotes, it seems he had an  itch that he couldn't quite scratch i.e. something embedded too deep for him to deal with. Even though he was very macabre, he was really quite intelligent. I guess I am making a  confession, because I have always disliked him so...
 
Here are a couple of quotes by Nietzsche that makes you think:
 

"All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
 
"Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation."
 
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
 
[We perceive by interpretation, establish by acceptance and validate by repetition. -However the True Narrative is independent of and not determined by what we think, feel or believe.]
 
"Architecture in general is frozen music." -I think this one is neat.
 
"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."  -He [she] who knows the why, can extract the how... He [she] must first determine their why, to proceed with their how... :-)
 
"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness."
 
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."
 
"When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do I believe that I will be able to converse well with this person, into our old age?  Everything else in marriage is transitory."
 
~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
 

I love music...
 
"Without music, life would be a mistake"  -Nietzsche - To paraphrase:  "Without music, life would be listless."
 
Mathematics is music for the mind, music is mathematics for the soul . -My sister Vicky told me a story:
 
A segment of a line was in love with a dot. But the dot was intrigued by a high energy squiggly line that was all over the place. The seqment thought "She thinks I'm boring. But I know there is more to me than this. I can have purpose.  I can drive context or equation. The squiggly line has no direction and no purpose and is too self absorbed to care for the dot. I love the dot. Now I will show her what I can do." 
 
The segment became a curvature in space, defined XYZ and highlighted dimension. The dot stopped and turned. She became spellbound by the segment. The squiggly line was interesting to watch for a moment, but was random-self absorbed and no purpose. But the segment! ...He had depth! And now he had purpose.
 
The dot knew she was meant for the segment. Together they would do things... Music is Mathematics for the Soul-Mathematics is Music for the Mind. [Thanks, Vicky.]
 
Music is a higher revelation than philosophy -- Beethoven   -It might be, but context has to be extracted to be understood...
 
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life -- Berthold Auerbach
 
Where words fail, music speaks -- Hans Christian Anderson  -Music enhances bonding points and drives context.
 
Quotes on Love...
 
Oscar Wilde: "Men always want to be a woman's first love--  women want to be a man's last romance."
 
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a  richness to life that nothing else can bring."
 
"Who, being loved, is poor?"
 
 

 
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