“They may forget what you said,
but they will never forget
how you made them feel.”
–Carl W. Buechner

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When my Mum got Altzheimers, towards the end, she didn’t know who I was, but I would bring her scrapbooks with pictures of kitties, birds, dogs, kids – all bright and colorful – and would bring old magazines and she and I would spend minutes or hours, until she lost interest, cutting out the pictures she liked and putting them into the scrapbooks.
All the while, I would hug her, cuddle her, and tell her how much I loved her, how pretty she looked, which I am sure she remembered.
At the end, when I visited her, she would smile and say, “Here she is!” She did not know who “she” was but she remembered how she felt when I was with her. Her feelings were remembered long after she had any other memory.

Whether it is children or aging parents, always tell them you love them, over and over. Love is forever.


I just love those old wheels. Also the quotes you choose – they always speak to my heart.


So true. But the reverse can be true too. When I was about 9 yrs old my family had alot of contact with my fathers sisters family. I’m told that this aunt had a kind heart and I remember several gifts she gave me and several trips we went on with them. But the thing I remember the most are several hurtful comments she made. I’m afraid that is the memory I have of her. So words can be very painful as well.

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I’m a regular reader of your blog but I have not commented before. I just had to after seeing this photo and all of the wonderful shadows on the undisturbed snow. It is beautiful. I want to sincerely thank you for all the work you’ve put into this blog. I find the articles you have written to be very motivating and inspiring. I often come here when I feel down and you always bring me back up. I’m glad there are still people like you in this world.


True true true. Long after everyone has forgotten the things you say they will remember the kind of person you were. There’s another saying, something about your character being the sum total of how you live your life every day. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I love to come to this blog, there is always something to think about here that brightens my day.