Bringing back old memories
April 5, 2013 4:33am CST
A few days ago I wanted to buy a cup of coffee at the train station. There is a self service shop where where you fill your cup with coffee before you pay for it. It said on the sign that there where two different prices (a large cup and a small cup) but all of the cups were the same size. Another woman also wanted to buy coffee and she asked me if I knew which cup she had to pick if she wanted a large cup of coffee. I told her I was confused as well because the cups had different colours, but they were all the same size. Then the woman used an expression that I hadn't heard for years. It is a Danish expression that means that you are confused and don't know what to do. It is not a common expression at all, but I knew what it meant because my grandmother sometimes used that expression. It brought back a lot of memories about my late grandmother. Which things trigger the memories about people you knew in the past?
5 Apr 13
For me it is not expressions but what I do every single day of my life that brings back memories of my mother. Every time I finish eating and I take my plate to the sink I remember to soak it as my mother had told me that I should do it. I almost feel she is standing next to me watching me do it. There are so many other routines that remind me of my mother and this, every single day.
5 Apr 13
I understand what you mean. Sometimes everyday activities bring back memories about the people who have taught us or showed us those things. When I do my laundry I think about my grandmother because she was the one who who taught me how to divide the clothes in groups according to the colours and how protect the clothes when I wash them. She taught me those things many years ago and today when I do our laundry I still use the tips that she gave me. She has also given me many other practical tips that I still use in my daily life.
5 Apr 13
I still don't know, I haven't experienced anything that triggered memories of my grandmother or grandfather or any people I knew in the past. Although I just read this post on Facebook that bumped me back to reality. It's about a boy and an old guy. Long story short, it's about caring for your parent. It's a heart-touching story.
5 Apr 13
That sounds like an interesting story. What is the name of the story? I would like to read it I have lost all of my grandparents, but I had a very close relationship to my maternal grandmother and I have many memories of her. I remember her when I listen to the music she used to listen to, when I hear an expression that she often used or when I use one of the household tips that she gave me. My relationship to my paternal grandmother was less close, but I also have many memories of her and I remember her when I hear about the island where she was born or when I pass the village where she lived.
5 Apr 13
I have also experienced that sometimes. I see someone who looks like one of my relatives and then I remember that person. Sometimes I almost forget that the person is a stranger and not my relative and it takes me a few seconds to realize that I am actually looking at a stranger.
6 Apr 13
I also have that kind of "deja vu" experience. When I greeted my childhood friend during her birthday, I posted the greeting on her FB wall. She replied by saying thank you and calling me by my childhood alias which only few people know. Those who call me by that name only meant that we had so much memories together in the past...childhood memories to b exact. It's like music in my ears and it also brought back some good memories when I was a child...