October 19, 2016

remember when

When I first started this blog back in 1997 (just kidding. But sometimes it does feel that long. Except no one would ever want to read eight-year old Emily's thoughts), I really just started this because I like to write. I like to write, I like to tell stupid, silly stories, and so one day Yippee! It's MLE was born and brought home from the hospital so that I could write down those stupid, silly stories.

Fast forward to 2016, and I feel like stupid-stories-telling-Emily has turned into Emotional Emily. Each and every time I come to this space I am word vomming lots of feelings onto your screen. How's that for a visual? 

Now, if you thought I was saying all of that to let you know I've feasted on ginger ale and saltines so that my word voms are gone then...I'm terribly sorry. I will still be word vomming on you today. I just wanted you to know that I know that you know I've become quite emotional lately. You know?
This past week and weekend we were traveling all over our old Charleston and Atlanta stomping grounds to celebrate some of our best friends getting married. About two years ago the Board of the Freddie and Emily's Friends Group had a meeting, and decided they all would be getting married within the next twenty to twenty-four months. Because of this decision, Freddie and I have had to step up into our new roles as professional wedding goers/bridal party people. As absolutely as insane as it has been to travel all over for so many weddings lately, I would not trade it for anything. Not even for a Dairy Queen blizzard which is something I cannot stop thinking about lately. That's how for serious I am. Looking back on these recent wedding fills me to the very tip of the brim with happiness and love. Weddings are such a joyous occasion, but they become quadruple to the max joyous when it is some of your absolute, without a doubt, been my friend for way too long, remember-when-you-wore-blue-mascara closest friends getting married. Every single time I turn into the sap from the biggest sugar maple tree you ever did see.

And this past wedding week was no exception. Throughout our travels we passed our first home together in Charleston, and all the places we used to spend our time as newlyweds. We ate at the same restaurants. We drove down the same streets. We shopped at the same Target (hashtag priorities). As if that wasn't enough for my overflowing-with-sap heart, we then traveled to Atlanta where we passed our old houses there. The houses we lived in when we were first dating and so in lurve. We passed the wine bar where Ricky took me the night he proposed. We passed some of the old places I used to teach dance back in the day. Day after day felt like walking down memory lane, and I. Loved. Every. Step. Of. It.

That's pretty much all I wanted to say... that and I think you should go take a walk down memory lane sometime soon, too. Whether that means flipping through a photo book you ordered with a 50%  off Snapfish coupon, but have never opened it once since getting it in the mail.

Or if that means stalking yourself on Facebook, and looking through all the pictures in which you've been tagged.

Maybe it means taking five seconds out of your day to stop and remember your favorite fall memory.

Or your favorite winter memory.

Or your favorite memory from any season.

Or maybe it's taking ten seconds to remember that one time you got the best hug of your life.

Or! Or or! The best kiss of your life.

Maybe it's cleaning out an old box and finding letters or cards.

It might even be driving a little bit out of the way on the way home just to pass a special place.

Whatever it is. Stop for a second. Remember for a second. Smile for a second (or two!). Because life is too short to forget the good stuff.


Meg Taylor said...

So many weddings!!! I love that y'all got to make a trip back here. We will be in New England this weekend, so there will be lots of memory lane-walking for sure!

Meg, Borrowed Heaven

Hippie in Heels said...

Memories and friends are what life is all about. It was so great dancing the night away with you and Freddy. Come back to Charleston any time (*cough, cough*) February so you can hold a sweet little someone!

Yesenia @ Love, Yesi; A Miami Lifestyle Blog said...

Such a beautiful post! I love going down memory lane! <3 I love going back to old placed i lived or hung out in or visited. Memories are all we have left of the past. Happy Wednesday pretty Lady!


Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

so many emotions! never stop the word vom. seriously. not even for a blizzard (because they got rid of snickers and dairy queen and i are not friends anymore).
walking down memory lane is THE BEST. so many feels.

The Siberian American said...

I have been walking down memory lane a lot too lately, and it's the best. :) October is my favorite month, and it's been so fun to remember all the fun things we have done in October over the years.

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

It really is the best when all of your friends decide to get married at the same time because it means that you get to see your friends all the time! And you get some dresses that you might never wear again :) I can't even imagine what it would feel like to go back to a place that you met and used to live, it must have been so surreal! Hopefully you'll get to go back soon!


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