What was something that made you happy and was life changing, and happened to you a “lifetime” ago? I have a list of things, but I’ll only list one.
The thing that seemed to happen a lifetime ago was the birth of my little sister, when I was seven. She didn’t want to come out of the womb, so my mom was stuck at the hospital for a really long time. One day, my dad was rushed to the hospital because my mom was in labor, which I didn’t know the definition of at the time. I stayed up all night, waiting for my dad to come back. I was only able to stay awake by reading the same two picture books over and over again – a children’s version of Peter Pan and Old MacDonald. When it was five a.m. in the morning, my oldest brother woke up. I pretended to be asleep because I thought I would get into trouble. Two hours before noon, my dad came back, saying my little sister was born. We came to the hospital, which was about an hour drive. When we got there, I was the first one out of my siblings to see my long-hoped-for sister. She just woke up when I got there, and I was allowed to carry her. She grabbed a hold on my pinky finger and had a death hold on it. She didn’t even let go after I placed her back in the little “bed” that was hers. After that day and while she was still in the hospital, I always went with my dad to go and visit her. I read all my favorite stories to her, and she actually seemed to listen.
Do you have something that seems as if it might’ve happened a lifetime ago? A memory you treasure? Maybe you could share it. Maybe make a post and add “maybe it was a lifetime ago” into the tags. Maybe you could share it in the comments. No memory is meant to be forgotten, even the bad ones. To quote Momiji from Fruits Basket, “But I think… I want to live with all my memories. Even if they’re bad memories. Even if they’re memories that only hurt me… that I’d rather forget. If I keep them and keep trying, without running away, then someday I’ll be strong enough that those memories can’t defeat me. I believe that because I want to think that there’s no such thing as a memory that’s ok to forget.”