Happy Palm Sunday weekend! One of my favorite celebrations in our church. It is a "happy" day, and always brought out Palm trees(small) into the church, and the music was very upbeat. Easter Sunday was nice, but it was somber, to start, after Good Friday. As a child, and even to this day, I love to sing and hear that hymn with the refrain,"Up from the grave He arose!" I remember asking my Dad (the minister) why we wore newer bright clothes at Easter - wasn't that bad? He replied no, that celebrating Christ's rising was part of our religion and that Christ would like folks dressing in their best and colorful clothing. As children, we had new clothes to wear- Mother made new dresses for my sister and me, and my brother would have new knickers, shirt, tie etc. I see folks going to church, on TV, and I find they dress differently - but hey, they are enjoying their fellowship with their fellow parishioners. Times change, and I am glad some memories persist.
That brings my second thought- Recently, I learned of an friend having Altzheimer's. She no longer "knows" even her husband. This and Dementia happen without warning - no definite pattern for all because each is varied. It could happen to any of us, at any time - that we could no longer express our thoughts and feelings to others. PLEASE, each day, take the time to express your appreciation of each person who is in your life, so they know your feelings. A kind thank you for something done in the past, that meant a lot to you, is appropriate, remembering things done with the other person that were enjoyable to each, giving positive responses to a person to let them know their worth - and for goodness sakes- deliberately forget the mean spirited things you have kept in a corner of your brain. Use that space to remember positive things- things that make you and others smile. There can be a day, when due to a stroke, or the above diagnoses when one cannot communicate with others. Wouldn't you like to be remembered as a friendly, caring, loving person, rather than one who never demonstrated those characteristics? I hope I haven't offended any folks by my suggestions, but being almost 85 and still able to think and communicate, I am trying to follow my suggestion every day in my interaction with my family, relatives, etc. jane
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