As I put my feet up after a long day of canning, out of nowhere came a memory from 7 years ago.
On the 18th of October, 7 years ago, my husband collapsed from a massive stroke and passed away 2 1/2 weeks later.
This year, as the time approaches, the memories are easier, softer to remember.
I think it was the canning which triggered the memory. One never knows what will trigger a memory: a smell, a sound, a voice, a texture, etc.
You see, I was making apple sauce and the last time I made apple sauce was 7 years ago. I have 2 jars left from that time.
As time has passed I have been able to see how his death stopped me from living in many ways.
This time of year can be difficult for many who have lost loved ones.
The best advice I can give, is to keep moving forward one moment at a time.
Memories will still come in their own time, but will soften.
Use those canned goods and enjoy making new stuff!
Use those special dishes or cups.
Look up once in a while and say, Thank You.
Remember that you still have a life to live- and how you live it is up to you.
Those uncanny memories will get used up in time and then you’ll have plenty of space for better ones!
Memories of the little things, laughter, hugs and tickles.
In fact, take one of those empty jars and write: Good Memories of _________. On the lid. Then when something comes to mind, write it down on paper and place it in the jar.
Happy uncanny canning
Jessica L Hanson CHt. LLC