“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” – Barbara Johnson
If you were fortunate enough to be a child whose parents were fully engaged in your life, you probably now realize just how important their time and attention were. And you very likely have extremely positive memories of them, some of which jump out at you at the most random of times. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t trade these stirring recollections for anything in the world.
It is no coincidence that you remember with fondness your childhood and the times spent with your parents. They were actively involved in your life, always there for the big and small events of your younger days. As a result, they gently forced themselves into your memory, making themselves key characters in a treasure trove of memories.
Perhaps those memories include a certain place that reminds you of time spent together. Or maybe it’s a song you remember hearing while with them. It could even be an old television show or movie that you watched with your parents. On its own, it may or may not have been an especially important time, place, or event at the time, but it meant the world to you.
We can all agree that our kids deserve to carry with them such golden memories, so go ahead and spend as much time as you can with them now. By doing so, you are building wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. And in those memories, you will be a central, all-important character.