Hiking Down Memory Lane

As teenagers, my brother and I spent a lot of time playing in the woods.  We went hiking, fishing, and swimming in the creek.

We also built a makeshift fort and took some of my mom’s old lawn furniture down there.  Mom never did figure out what happened to her chairs.

We spray-painted graffiti under the bridge.  We wrote our names, the names of our dogs, and noted each year we were there.

Basically, the two of us ran wild through those woods and we were having a blast.

That was 26 years ago.  Aaron passed away three years ago and his birthday is on Monday.  I decided to take his daughter (Gwen) out there.  She heard various stories over the years, but never got a chance to see the area.  It seemed like a good way to honor Aaron’s memory.

I was surprised to see a lot of our graffiti is still there.  Each step I took, felt like I was going back in time.  Even though the terrain has changed some over the years, I could still recognize different sections and areas.  I still remembered my way around those woods.

Memories of those days flooded my mind.  It was a surreal feeling.  I could almost see us and our dogs running wild.  I was excited to see it all again.  However, I felt the grief of my brother’s death.

I was hiking down memory lane and my heart was overflowing with mixed emotions.

 

7 thoughts on “Hiking Down Memory Lane

  1. How wonderful for both you and your niece to observe and remember your brother in that way. I have my niece Ruth and family visiting from the UK and we talked about my late younger brother Trevor and she mentioned how she remembers her uncle Trevor and what a super uncle he was. She talks about him regularly even though he died in 1986 ….the same year he was planning to visit me here in Coquitlam….at times I sense he is close by, and I am comforted knowing he will never be forgotten…my nieces and our family will always remember and treasure the memories, like you and Gwen treasure yours. Thinking of you at this time…sending caring thoughts.

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