March 10, 2020
The many memories I will forever treasure.
As I grow older, I am learning how much I value some of my fondest memories. I have had the good fortune of knowing some really good folks and the time I have spent with them are highlights from my past. While many are no longer with us and others now are far from where I reside, their memory lives on.
I have found that while I was involved in some significant activities over the years it is shared moments that seem to mean the most. I am finding that the memories that I do retain provide me with many happy moments. We all need to do all we can to sustain our mental health in order to protect or memories of our past life.
Here is a story about how even the smallest event can turn into a lingering memory.
The Making of a Memory
One can’t predict when or where they will come from; those memories that stay with us a lifetime, and never fail to bring us warm fuzzy feelings. My husband had just finished loading his car; made one lap back through the house and then into the kitchen. ‘I guess filling my thermos is all I have left to do, and then I’m off.’
Down the drain went the hot water that had been warming his thermos. With a very nostalgic look on his face he softly said, ‘When I filled this with water earlier, I thought of your mum. In fact, anytime I fill my thermos I think her.’
‘Oh honey, that’s so sweet. I know she’s watching and listening right now with a big smile on her face,’ I responded as tears began to brim my eyelids.
‘You know, I never fill my thermos that I don’t think of her, and I always smile too.’ The tone in his voice was so tender as he spoke of my mother who is no longer with us.
Years ago we had been visiting my parents, and the morning we were leaving my mother watched as Jerry began to fill his thermos. Being the ‘coffee drinker’ in the family, he’s always placed himself in charge of thermos duties. Mum then casually offered up a tidbit of advice.
‘Jerry, if you would fill your thermos with hot water and let it sit a while, your coffee would stay hot longer on your drive.’
The look on his face was priceless as her simple suggestion sunk in.
Well of course it would! It only makes all the sense in the world! Who wouldn’t know that?
He dumped the small amount of coffee already in the thermos, and ran the tap until it was at its hottest; then refilled with piping hot water. After pouring himself a fresh cup of coffee, he sat down to enjoy a few more minutes with mum, and to discuss this unique new idea.
Words of wisdom from a loving mother-in-law made an impact that will never be forgotten. When spoken that morning, Jerry didn’t realize he would always hear those words ringing in his ears, or that they would bring a smile to his face time and time again. And Mother would never have dreamed her words would be a treasured, and everlasting memory in the heart of her son-in-law.
The ‘fondest, lasting memories’ don’t necessarily come from ‘major moments’ in life, the making of a memory simply happens.
Written by Kathleene S. Baker
The moments we share are the moments we keep forever.
I don’t travel as much as I did when I was working but I still enjoy the travel stories. Here are some of the best airplane passenger cabin announcements.
a.. On a Continental Flight with a very “senior” flight attendant crew, the pilot said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”
b.. After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced, “Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.”
c.. From a Southwest Airlines employee: “Welcome aboard Southwest Flight 245 to Tampa. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”
d.. “Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and, in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”
e.. And from the pilot during his welcome message: “Delta Airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!”
f.. Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City: The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, “That was quite a bump, and I know what y’all are thinking. I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault. It was the asphalt.”
g.. After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the attendant came on with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.”
My mind works like lightening. One brilliant flash, and its gone.
The reverent and sometimes irreverent Wendy shares with us why its tough being a man
a.. One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his Sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?” “It depends,” I replied. “What does it say on your shirt?” He yelled back, “University of Oklahoma.” And they say blondes are dumb…
b.. A couple is lying in bed.. The man says, “I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world” The woman says, “I’ll miss you…”
c.. “It’s just too hot to wear clothes today,” Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, “honey, what do you think the Neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?” “Probably that I married you for your money,” she replied.
d.. He said – Since I first laid eyes on you, I have wanted to Make love to you really badly. She said – Well, you succeeded.
e.. Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man? A: A Rumor
f.. A man and his wife, now in their 60s, were celebrating Their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been such a devoted Couple she would grant each of them a very special wish. The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands. The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger… Whoosh…immediately he turned ninety!!! Gotta love that fairy!
g.. AND THE BEST ONE YET… A WOMAN’S PERFECT BREAKFAST
* She’s sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.
* Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.
* Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.
* Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.
* And her husband is on the back of the milk carton
Rachel sent this report on her day yesterday.
I decided to take an aerobics class. I bent, twisted, gyrated and jumped up and down for an hour. By the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
Andy: Doc, I had the worst dream of my life last night. I dreamed I was with twelve of the most beautiful chorus girls in the world. Blondes, brunettes, redheads, all dancing in a row…
Psychiatrist: Hold it, Andy. That doesn’t sound so terrible.
Andy: Oh yeah? In the dream, I was the third girl from the end.
The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.
Sitting behind a couple of nuns at a baseball game (with their habits partially blocking the view), three men decided to badger the nuns in an effort to get them to move.
In a very loud voice, the first guy said, “I think I’m going to move to Utah, there are only 100 nuns there.”
The second guy spoke up and said, “I want to go to Montana, there are only 50 nuns there.”
The third guy said, “I want to go to Idaho, there are only 25 nuns there.”
One of the nuns turned around, looked at the men, and in a very sweet calm voice said.. “Why don’t you go to Hell…… there aren’t any Nuns there.”
It takes one thought, one second, one moment or positive memory to act as a catalyst for the light to gradually seep in again.
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