What would you like to forget?

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What would you like to forget?--Al

-- Al Schroeder (al.schroeder@nashville.com), December 06, 1999


There are a lot of things, regrettably, that I'd like to forget. Most of the stupid things I did and said in high school--I'd certainly like to forget most of those escapades. I'd also like to forget the anger I felt at my parents for forcing me and my younger sisters to see my Great-Grandma Sophie, when she was in a coma, when I was 15. It was the last time I saw her. I know, I know, I should be glad I got to see her, but I hate picturing her like that. The way she looked. It wasn't Grandma. It wasn't. It felt like it was someone else.

So over the years, when I think of her, I've trained myself to picture her in many of the happy memories I have of her. Seeing her painting (no- not pictures, she loved painting bedrooms and such!), being her taste-tester when she made the World's Best Coleslaw, helping her scrape honey off the honeycombs that she kept at her summer home. There are so many more wonderful memories of her. She was a great lady. And I miss as much today as I did 11 years ago when she died.

But I want to forget the anger I unleashed upon my parents when we came back from her house (My parents took her out of the hospital and my dad's cousin who was a nurse, took care of her in Grandma's house. The hospital was terrible and my father (Grandma raised dad and his sister) could not stand to see her there.) I know my parents must have been going through so much, but I was so angry. How dare they make ME do anything! Oh well, I know that my parents forgave me, but I don't think I can forget the look on my mother's face when I told her off. Ugh.

-- Amy (Bugbug73@cs.com), December 07, 1999.

I wish somehow that after I have forgiven someone, that I could forget whatever it was that caused the rift. I have some trust issues (stemming from a time I might like to forget too except that I learned so much as a child of a n alcholic)and that sort of thing sneaks up on me even when I feel certain I have forgiven the person.

-- Glenna B. Yarnot (Glenna@Yarnot.cncfamily.com), December 09, 1999.

i don't think i want to forget anything, with me it is an operation of putting memories in the proper file cabinet, to peruse at the proper time and refresh me in the proper way to react. many of the things i used to want to forget were the very things that taught me important lessons or points of philosophy. however i do believe that just as memory is important, forgetery is as important ---- i can imagine how crowded the mind would be if every thought and experience were stored there.

-- ici jongleur (ionoi@webtv.net), January 05, 2000.

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