Fragrant Memories

#inspiration, memories, childhoodHave you ever had the sight or aroma of something familiar cause memories to flood over you?

I had passed by these lilac trees many times in the preceding weeks but this day I stopped to fully appreciate their beauty.

You see, the home I was raised in had several lilac trees in the backyard. I can picture them along one side fence, planted in alternating colours of purple and white. When in full bloom we would cut some to bring indoors and I remember their sweet fragrance filling the room.

Happy memories from my childhood washed over me as I gazed at the showy blossoms. Parents who loved me and older siblings who doted on me flashed through my mind. I was blessed to grow up in a place and time where it was safe to spend hours outdoors, running and playing with my friends.

Respect, good manners and helping others were not options; they were part of the fabric of life. Right and wrong were clearly defined and a strong conscience ensured I knew which one to follow.

The love I experienced and the lessons learned by example prepared me for life. I sometimes forget that not everyone had the advantages of a secure childhood. This was a gift I sought to pass on to my children and they, in turn, are passing on to the next generation.

The sight of lilacs brought back the sweet fragrance of youth and the legacy of family. Before I moved on, I said a prayer of gratitude for a life filled with joyful memories.

Train a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not turn away from it. (Proverbs 22:6 GWT)

4 thoughts on “Fragrant Memories”

  1. I love the lilac trees too. We had them as a child in our family home. And it also brings back wonderful memories. God was so much a part of our lives then and of course that has been a strong part of my life as well. So your words are so true and made me realize just how blessed I am (was) too.
    Phyllis Greenslade

    1. Thanks for your comments, Phyllis. I think God brings the memories to mind so we will know how blessed we are.

  2. Beautiful memories of your childhood. We have so much to treasure. Our greatest treasure is knowing, loving and serving Jesus. God Bless you dear Tandy. I sure do enjoy my Time with Tandy.

    1. Thank you, Shirley. I agree wholeheartedly that serving Jesus is one of life’s greatest treasures.

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