This time, next week, my wife and I will be enjoying time with her sister’s family and her father and his wife. There is little doubt that we will all be stuffed, bloated, and a tad lazy…but then again, that’s exactly what the day after Thanksgiving is supposed to be!!! And I can’t WAIT!!!
I’ve always loved this time of year. My favorite memories growing up are of the times when my family would all gather at Thanksgiving, then again at Christmas. There was laughter and tears (mostly my tears because I was being a little brat and not getting enough attention…or not getting my way. Call it “only child syndrome”). There was cooking, games, football, crude jokes (that’s just how we rolled in the Perrin/Allison/McKinney Clan), crazy aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, mom and dad…and me. And we all had stories to tell. Gut busting, painfully funny stories.
All those great times are stored in the great memory bank i’ve been blessed with…shocking that it’s still intact after all these years and after all the damage I did to it over 24 plus years of addiction. After finally getting sober a little over 3 years and 2 months ago (which is still done one day at a time), I found that God’s Gift of a good memory had, in fact, been left mostly intact.
It’s been quite a journey for the past 3 plus years in sobriety. I’ve learned a lot about gratitude…and an appreciation for not only the big things in life, but the smallest things. In the past, I would have NEVER thought to take time to stop and look at the lines in a leaf, or a blade of grass, or take enough time to slow down to watch a hummingbird land. The latter of which helped begin my spiritual journey of recovery when I was in treatment at New Beginnings at Lake Charles in late August / early September 2011. It’s this 11th month…the month of Thanksgiving, that reminds me to be thankful, re: grateful, on a daily basis for those small things. It’s something that, in this busy, crazy world we live in…is easy to look past, or forget to do altogether. So, I’m going to pass along something i’ve learned…something that helps me…something I need to do more of. It’s simple. Ready? Slow down and just look.
Back to that mostly intact memory God Blessed me with…As I mentioned at the beginning of this entry, my wife and I will be heading to her family next week for Thanksgiving. We will be continuing to create our new memories which will be placed right next to all my childhood memories. They all intermingle on this grand road of life…which is never a straight road. And that’s another thing i’m thankful for. Every curve i’ve encountered, every pothole, every uneven pavement on this road of my life…i’m truly grateful for God placing me on it. It’s the road He chose for me…good and bad. I’m grateful just to be able to walk down it. It helps to have a wonderful wife, family and friends traveling with you, too!
Memories in our mind are always at the ready for a quick recall. But, sometimes a visual not only enhances that memory, but will help create a new one. Above, I wrote about the laughter of family at Thanksgiving and Christmas…well, a lot of that laughter is brought about by looking at old pictures and the stories that are attached to the faded images in the aging hands of an elder relative.
This holiday season, millions and millions of photographs will be taken across the world by individuals, families, tribes, clans, organizations, etc…regardless of religion, creed, country, government, lines on a map, etc…of a special time with people who care for one another getting together in laughter and cheer. Memories will be made. And, years from now, an elder’s hand will point to an image…a story will be told…a new memory will be made. The cycle, thankfully, will continue.
This holiday season, we at PerrinStudios, would like to be part of helping you make new memories. For portraits, party photography, weddings, special events…email email@example.com. We also offer a number of our photographs as prints and can print from 4×6 up to 20×30 on paper, metal, and canvas. email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and to inquire about our artist reserve prints. You can also reach us by phone at 337-304-5599.
Now that the self-promotion is over…i’ll leave you with this…
I’m going to eat turkey Thursday. A lot of it. And a lot of cookies and pie. I will be a bloated animal on Friday. I will not move much. I will be a sloth. I will consume mass quantities and be a sloth. I will wear stretchy pants. I am ok with that. That is all.