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Memories
27-OCT-2009 Mairéad

Memories

Cards marking major events in my life, letters from family and friends, and an autograph book, containing not the names of celebrities but classmates from school and college, are amongst my precious hoard of sentimental treasures. They are reminders of days and years gone by, of times both happy and sad. As I gathered them of
this photograph I marvelled at how many letters and cards I had exchanged with loved ones, some of whom have sadly passed away.
Now of course, it's all done electronically. While I love email and have yet to be convinced of the benefit of facebook, twitter et al, I regret the passage of letter writing. Electronic messaging is wonderful in many ways, affording instant communication with family and friends on the other side of the world, but it cannot be stored in a keepsake box or hidden away in the bottom of a drawer to be re-read bringing pleasure in years to come.

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Linda Willets28-Oct-2009 21:40
Wonderful memories, I agree nice to have letters to keep. I like to send postcards to family and friends.
Bernard Davis28-Oct-2009 18:15
I agree with all that has been said, being able to touch the things that our loved ones have touched is a very special thing.
Laryl28-Oct-2009 17:59
wonderful memory keepers those cards and book are.. well done
globalgadabout28-Oct-2009 15:16
heart-warming array of treasures...these cards and letters convey much more warmth than a visually drab email too...V
Ray :)28-Oct-2009 13:56
We just live for the minute now, don't we?

Perhaps I should print out some of my e-mails?
Sheila28-Oct-2009 13:12
I agree with your commentary. What a lovely image for Memories.
Maaike Huizer28-Oct-2009 13:04
you are so right. And you've pictured it very well. Beautiful!
Doug Cruden28-Oct-2009 11:46
I agree absolutely! It's wonderful to discover memories you thought you'd lost for ever, or even had forgotten that you'd ever had them!
Cindi Smith28-Oct-2009 11:31
I love getting cards and stuff too. The meaning behind them is so special. beautiful image!
Neal Nye28-Oct-2009 11:21
Interesting thoughts and a lovely image. Still, there are advantages to the new ways. A closet full of electronic letters can be stored on one DVD.
Máire Uí Mhaicín28-Oct-2009 10:03
Ah...you have boxes of memories too. They are indeed wonderful, but we'd need a curator to help store them. Lovely image indeed.
Pat Shawyer28-Oct-2009 07:32
I agree Mairead, beautifully done
Kevin Chester28-Oct-2009 07:13
Nothing better than a good clean out to wake up the memories.
Liz Bickel28-Oct-2009 05:57
Wonderful, very true words. Lovely composition of these special treasures.
borisalex28-Oct-2009 05:47
Wonderful words....so true!
January Grey28-Oct-2009 05:37
Precious memories! Beautifully captured, Mairead. V~
Yvonne28-Oct-2009 05:26
You can't throw them out either I see! Very special.
Ann...28-Oct-2009 04:52
I do so agree with you, there is something very special about a bundle of letters tied with a ribbon. The autograph book is a real treasure.
Flo Hendry28-Oct-2009 03:28
Great memories, lovely shot!
Valene28-Oct-2009 02:44
Wonderful presentation of your keepsakes! V
LynnH28-Oct-2009 01:28
I absolutely agree! Lovely presentation, Mairead!
pkocinski28-Oct-2009 00:03
Beautiful image of your keepsakes.
lisamidi27-Oct-2009 23:27
So true, your words! I agree completely! And I love this image of past beauties, very touching!! v
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