Every once in a while
there's a moment in time
that's almost perfect
and you know it
you take Joy in it and Remember it.
It's a moment when you know
you've got a memory
you can bring back any time
especially when you're feeling discouraged.
(Christmas in Stockbridge, Mass, 1967 - a McCall's painting by Norman Rockwell)
When I look at this picture by Norman Rockwell, I not only see his idealized world; I also see a memory.
It's just a McCall's magazine centerfold in a time worn frame, but it's enduring to me because Buzz gave it to me just a couple of years after we were married. It was a gift from the heart and made me so happy! Of course this is just one of many memories; because my list of "good" memories has grown pretty substantial over the years.
That being said ... now that Buzz and I are retired and are together 24/7 there are times when I wish he would move into one of those little houses behind "Williams & Sons" in the fourth picture. One of those cute little houses with smoke rising from the chimney. I'm sure he'd be happy there.
Y'all know I'm kidding!
I don't even have to guess,
I'm positive he feels the same way about me at times.
That's because we don't live in Norman Rockwell's idealized world. We live in the "Real" world where two imperfect people who love one another, try to figure out how to get along.
This is where the Memory comes in!
When I get the least bit annoyed by something Buzz is doing, has done or will do ... if it bugs me enough to get completely annoyed, I just reach back into my memory bank, pull out some of my favorite memories of him and I'm immediately reminded of how much he loves me and I love him.
It doesn't take but a minute until that annoyance just slips away.
There it goes!
“. . . Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things,” (Philippians 4:8).