Today, not-so-friendly reminders

Today is the birthday of someone I know who passed away more than a year ago. She was like a grandmother to me, and showed me how to live with an open mind and open heart, as well as instilling in me a love of German literature, the subject she taught for many years.

I think of her often, and don’t need my iCal to remind me that, if she were still alive, then I would’ve been congratulating her today. If she were alive, then many things would be different!

Do you delete the contact information of loved ones who have passed away? (That’s not a rhetorical question! – I’m curious.) I was going to say that it’s an issue belonging to the digital age, but that’s not so. Before technological aids, there were still address books and calendars to remind us of these things, as if we could forget!

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3 thoughts on “Today, not-so-friendly reminders

  1. Awww, Charkie, I wish I could be there with you to mark her birthday with you. I don’t think I have ever had to make the decision about whether or not to delete the contact information of someone who’s no longer alive, and I hope I won’t have to for a long time.

    This post was so beautiful. Reminds me of a quote from Harry Potter…”Do you think the dead we love ever truly leave us?” ❤

    • Thanks for the thoughful reply, Arkie! I’m glad that you’ve never had to think about that, and hope the same thing!
      As Dumbledore said, “To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” 🙂

  2. 😦 Tough times, tough question. I think whatever helps you remember her without making you constantly grieve is a good way to go. ❤

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