I remember

Christine and several other wonderful ladies encouraged their readers to try this prompt.  Since I am in a reflective mood lately, I thought I’d give it a try. Check out Christine’s post for further directions and other wonderful memories.

I remember holding my dad’s hand as we skipped around the zoo.  I remember feeling like the coolest 1st grader alive because my father came on the field trip with me.

I remember weeding my grandmother’s garden.  I hated the feeling of the dirt and all the bugs, but I loved spending time with her and staying at her house.

I remember moving to Alaska my sophomore year.  I was thrilled to start a new adventure.

I remember our first kiss.  I remember thinking, “This [our relationship] will never last; I am much too young and immature for a wonderful guy like him.”

I remember when he first proposed: kneeling in the freezing snow, looking up at me with the most tender, beautiful eyes and asking if I would be his forever.  The butterflies in my stomach almost suffocated me.

I remember saying good-bye to him for two years.  I spent the whole night crying.

I remember seeing him come down the escalator; thin, tan, and extremely sexy.  I knew I couldn’t survive another painful good-bye.

I remember our wedding day.  I wanted the festivities to pass quickly so we could begin our new life together.  (And, let’s be honest, the wedding night was also on my mind.)

I remember Ben holding my hair as I puked into the toilet time and time again when pregnant with Emily.

I remember feeling so exhausted after having Emily.  Ben offered to stay up with her; I would wake up and lovingly watched as he cared for his beautiful baby girl.  He was, and is, the perfect father for our kids.

I remember throwing everything up for several days and not wanting to eat anything.  When Ben asked what he could make, I sobbed “onion rings and french fries.” To this day, that was my favorite meal he ever made me.

I remember sobbing in his chest when I realized I was miscarrying.  I remember his strong arms around me and how his tears mixed in with mine.  I remember growing closer to him then than ever before.

I remember dancing to our wedding song.  I knew our love would never end.

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8 responses to “I remember

  1. That was beautiful. I loved reading it.

  2. Hey! You joined in on the fun, too! Yay! I loved reading your memories. I always feel bad that I don't attend any school trips with my kids. I know it would mean a lot to my daughter and, gee, she might even remember it 20 years later! 😉 But Miss M goes to a French school and I wouldn't be able to communicate with the children!

    Ben sounds like wonderful, comforting hubby. You're both very lucky to have each other. Oh, and when I was sick during my first pregnancy, I could only stomach greasy, junk-food things like fries! Oh, I ate a lot of fries! And gained 65 pounds. 😦

    Take care!

  3. Love these memories, Amber. Thanks for sharing them. xo

  4. I'm so glad you joined in and I really enjoyed reading your I Remembers.

  5. One of the things I love about this exercise is how the little snippets of memory piece together a bigger story. In this case, the beautiful story of your beautiful relationship with Ben. Love that!

  6. How fun! What wonderful memories you have.

  7. Amber, I loved reading about your memories. The one about the love song really touched me. I remember feeling the same way as my husband and I danced to the song, "It's a wonderful world."

    I thought this was such a great exercise.

  8. I adore you, you know that right. And I'm sorry I didn't get to this sooner.

    And I'm also sending you a HUGE HUGE hug okay.
    xoxoxo