“Will I forget the faces of those I love when I lose my vision and can’t see their photos to remind me?”

This question was asked in my Sight Support Group.

I don’t know if this is simply someone’s fear or if it will actually impact me in my life when I lose my own vision. Just in case, I’m trying to commit beautiful moments like the ones in these  photographs to memory.

And even if I don’t need to, it’s simply nice to recall these events.

A beautiful Mothers Day! memory!
A beautiful Mothers
Day memory for my niece, Rachel, with her girls.

This photo is especially dear to me. It reminds me of how close these girls are.

"Beties!"
“Besties!” (both were in their 2s)

The other night, Fiona’s mama said, “We’re going to go see Lilly now,” and Fiona clapped her hands and said, “Yay!” That’s how I felt about visiting my cousin when I was growing up.

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In this photo these cousins are 2 1/2 – 3 years old. It seems to me that it was a Sunday afternoon at Gaga’s house. The grown-ups were talking and the kids were playing.

Fiona (L) and Lilly (R) taking their babies out on a pretend stroll.
Fiona (L) and Lilly (R) taking their babies on a pretend stroll.

 The photo (below) was taken shortly afterward.

"The girls" - cousins
“The girls” – cousins

Not only am I trying to imprint the details of these pictures on my mind because of my vision loss but also when I lived overseas, I missed these types of moments. Now that I’m home, I realize how precious the unplanned, “hey, look-at-that!” times can be.

What about you? Have you ever thought about purposely committing certain moments to memory? Or is that something that happens naturally?

You have just read, “Committing Beautiful Moments to Memory,” by Amy L. Bovaird. © Copyright, February 9, 2015.

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10 thoughts on “Committing Beautiful Moments to Memory

  • February 10, 2015 at 12:45 am
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    May god bless you always. It takes a strong women to raise a family and an even stronger women to post her journey. 🙂

  • February 10, 2015 at 5:38 am
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    You always think at the time, “I’ll never forget this!” However, now that I have a HS sophomore and junior as we talk and reminisce, I can’t believe how many memories have simply slipped my mind. Someone will start talking about a memory and I’ll have no idea what they’re referring to. Eventually I usually catch up and can remember bits and pieces, but it always makes me sad to think I’ve forgotten something that was so important I was certain I’d never forget.

  • February 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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    Hi Nicole,
    Just to be clear, these are my nieces’ girls in the photograph 🙂
    It’s a great joy to be part of their lives.
    Thanks so much for commenting.
    Amy

  • February 14, 2015 at 7:26 pm
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    Your blog reminds us about the little things in our all
    Lives we take for granted. I have lost of pictures that I having looked at in years. Even with sight we forget take the simple things for granted when we should be holding on to them and embracing them.

  • February 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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    Hi Amy,
    I have a friend who was blinded in Vietnam. He describes his granddaughter’s red hair and big blue eyes, the riverfront he lives on. Very visual. I asked one day. Does someone tell you what you’re describing. No. He picks up cues and claims that’s why God gave us an imagination.
    Kate

  • February 15, 2015 at 4:31 am
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    Thanks, Aimee!
    I know you miss your nieces and nephews. Get out your photos one day and remember the good times. And don’t forget to talk to them on Skype!
    Amy xx

  • February 15, 2015 at 4:35 am
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    Hi Kate,
    Wonderful to see your comment!
    Hope you are doing well!!!
    Great that your friend takes such an interest in his granddaughter!
    Grandparents are the same, no matter what the challenge! Love his attitude!
    Take care!
    Amy

  • February 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm
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    Hi Amy,
    Yes. I’m always capturing moments and turning them into “photographs” in my mind. I have quite an album of pictures in my head. When we lose our sight, though, our loved ones’ features will change with age and then we won’t know what they will truly look like then. But I think whatever picture we have of them in our minds will serve for memory’s sake. And it won’t really matter if the snapshot is accurate or not.

    Matt

  • February 18, 2015 at 12:56 am
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    Hi Matt,
    I thought about them changing with age, too. But I like to remember sweet moments and having them etched in my mind will give me something to visualize. 🙂 and talk about! And it’s something concrete and positive to focus on. 😀
    Amy

  • February 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm
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    I agree with you, Carrie!
    Photographs sure help. So if we could train our minds …
    At 85, my mother can remember whole conversations that occurred and what kind of a day it was 25 years earlier! She remembers names and dates and is right on the money in today’s world, too! She’s pretty unusual!
    Amy

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