Spend quality time.
Who you love.
Don't worry about places or things.
Those are just props.
How do I know?
Because you can move the stories to any other place in the world and the memories would be just as nostalgic as long as the same people were doing the same things.
But replace the people in the story with strangers and they lose all the nostalgia – or worse…
Need an example? Great.
Grandpa and Grandma used to take you to the lake house twice a year. At night you would snuggle around a fire pit, roast marshmallows and drink hot cocoa that Grandma made from scratch. When nobody was looking, Grandpa would sneak away, put on his Big Foot costume and chase you all into the house, finally catching up to you, scooping you up and tickling you until you couldn’t breathe. Everyone knew he would do it, but it was still the scariest and funnest moment of your life every time he did it.
Now replace “lake house” with “a local camp ground.” Leave everything else the same.
Same cool memory, right?
Now leave “lake house” but change:
- “Grandpa” to “the guy who sat next to you on the subway the last time you rode it alone,” and
- “Grandma” to “the woman who cuts your hair.”
Things have changed a bit, haven’t they?
I don’t know about you, but if “the guy who sat next to me the last time I rode the subway alone” took me to his “lake house” with “the woman who cuts my hair” (who is actually a 75-year-old Italian man), snuggled with me around a fire, chased me in a Big Foot costume and then tickled me until I couldn’t breathe, I would not be very happy.
It would certainly be a memory. But a totally different kind of memory. The kind that takes years of therapy to get under control.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Replace the location with anywhere. Same memory?
Now replace the people.
If you really want some fun, share your original and revised stories in the comments and then share this post with all your friends!