When Songs Recall Memories From The Past

When you happen to hear a song playing from your youth, do you pause and let the memories drift over you?

Isn’t it amazing how a mere song can transport us so far back into the past? Years and decades ago.

Young & Trusting:

When we placed our hand into someone else’s for safekeeping, we didn’t know how naive we truly were.

We were of course certain that that person would lead us down the safe path and never hurt us.

Certainly never break our heart into a million pieces.

“We bury things so deep we no longer remember there was anything to bury. Our bodies remember. Our neurotic states remember. But we don’t.”

― Jeanette Winterson

But all those memories bring us to where we are today.

Some of the hurt others caused us cut painfully deep and is still slightly sore to the touch.

Other memories we have whisked up with a broom and dumped into the dustbin.

“But the memories that hang heaviest are the easiest to recall. They hold in their creases the ability to change one’s life, organically, forever. Even when you shake them out, they’ve left permanent wrinkles in the fabric of your soul.”

― Julie Gregory

Isn’t it odd how some things can cut us to the core? And other things that hurt us we manage to toss with the detritus of “what happened a long time ago?”

“The whole thing was so intense, so full of hurt that when I look back at it I squint. I want it forgotten.”

― Helen Oyeyemi

Saving Photos Of Pets That Are Now Gone:

This morning I created a folder for the photos I found online of the pets I’ve had in the past. And of course I teared up as I shifted each photo into this special folder for safekeeping.

It was then I realized that none of those boys who broke my heart and cast me aside are important any longer. I can’t even envision their faces now. Or recall the sound of their voices.

They are like ghosts, apparitions that I know were there, but are of no consequence any longer.

They’re just puzzle pieces of my past that I don’t care to piece together again.

“Every person has a tender spot, where he or she feels pain most exquisitely.”

― Kilroy J. Oldster

A Sweet & Pure Kind Of Love:

But the photos of my pets bring tears to my eyes because their love was sweet and pure and unconditional.

Those memories are the hardest to recall and not tear up because no matter how long it’s been, I still miss them.

These photos are precious. A reminder that their love for me was given back twofold.

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  1. Brenda,
    Songs can transport me back in time. From childhood through today; most of our lives have different musical themes.
    Pets have always been an important part of my life and of my family’s. I have so many pictures of pets with family and friends. When we take photos of family events there are mostly dogs.
    My younger sister and I were talking over Easter, reminiscing about life’s challenges and our family and friend’s lives over the years. She told me I was lucky to have a naturally optimistic outlook on life. I replied that I practiced “the state of being grateful.” When I get up with my 1 yr. old brittany rescue pup, “Lucy”, I thank God for the ability to feed my chickens, to refill my bird feeders and tend to my four adopted cats. To be blessed with a husband who is smart, humorous and a hard worker. For our daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren and my family and friends. To continue to care joyfully for all. I say a prayer that our country can heal itself after this agony of Corona virus hell!
    Hope you and your fur babies are happy and thriving!
    The pictures of the cardinals are beautiful; especially the one standing on your angel’s head…..

  2. Beautiful pictures of the Cardinals! Whenever I hear songs from my youth I remember some special person I was with at the time and wonder how their life turned out or even if they are still alive! I suppose if I had Facebook I could look them up, but I don’t so I will never know. Whenever I hear a song that was special to my husband and I, it brings tears to my eyes because he passed away five year’s ago!

  3. I definitely experience some very painful memories when I hear certain songs or even some music artists. As I continue to learn how to make my way in life I’m trying to file away those memories where I won’t trip across them very often.

  4. Some things we will never forget, even if we want to do so…and yes, some put creases in our soul…for sure!! It is still hard to understand what drives people to be so mean…but wowee, there are a plenty out there!! I think often it is pure jealousy or envy that drives them. I have thought a lot about the WHYs, esp. these last 2 yrs of my life when life has become so confined for us…yes, even before Covid due to health issues. I have come to the conclusion for myself, during those difficult teen years, that perhaps I could have avoided some jealousy aimed at me, had I not shared my musical talent (though I never pushed myself forward, nor volunteered…but just because you can do things, often you are asked to share them…but some who cannot, will be jealous). And one of the things I could not change and never even considered it something that would make others jealous at the time, but I had unique hair…my husband tells me how alluring it was…though I certainly was not aware of that…which may have contributed to how the teen girls felt towards me). Fortunately, I have a couple of good friends yet from my teen years. Girls who knew how to be nice always. I am grateful. I wish it was easier to be truly accepted. I guess all we can do, Brenda, is be the kind of people we wish others were…then at least there is a few of us out in the world maybe??

  5. Loved this so much, such poignant memories of former fur babies and 2 precious sons that passed away, one at age 25, another at age 14 months. I’m going to copy these beautiful quotes into my diary/journal. Awesome cardinal pics!

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