By Roberta Docherty
I was sitting in the kitchen dancing with my husband when I realised the importance of memories. You see, I used to go to grand balls, hiking through rough woods, and sliding down long hills in the park when I was young. Now that I have aged to where I can not physically do that any more, I can still do it in my mind. I can sit on the porch and do the grand march, country waltz, polka and so many more. I can enjoy the beautiful gowns we wore, and oh the men in their dress uniforms were sooo handsome! I can hear the music of the concerts, see the amazing art and laugh with the kids as we run through the straw maze. I might be slowed down by aged knees and imperfect eyes, but I can still enjoy life, because when I had the chance I did things. I did not sit aside and watch others live. I did it, and now I can do it again in memory.
The point is that we need to encourage the children to turn off the TV, put down the cell phone, get off the couch and DO, DO, Do. Then, when they can no longer take part, they can still take part in their memory. If you have no personal experience because you let a TV or social media live for you, there will be no adventures, no memories to repeat. If you do nothing, you remember nothing.
Encouraging you to live, not just watch life go by.