Saturday, December 24, 2022

Advent Day Twenty-four, it's a wrap

French Village Diaries advent day twenty-four making memories
Advent Day Twenty-four, it's a wrap


Advent Day Twenty-four

It’s a wrap

Writing is my way of coping when things get a little frantic and out of control, so these daily advent posts have helped me remain calm and focussed in the run up to Christmas, and I hope you have enjoyed them. 

 

Making memories

There were two main reasons I started writing this blog over fifteen years ago. One was to keep family and friends in the UK up to date with our new life in France and the other was to ensure I didn’t forget the adventures we were having. During the pandemic, it felt even more important to record what we did each day during lockdown, and how we were coping. As the months moved on, it was easy to forget those extraordinary early days.

 

Ed has always been relaxed about having his life, since he was about five years old, shared, which I’m really grateful about, and he’s inspired another story. A few weeks ago, he called on a Monday night to say he’d just tested positive for Covid-19, but not to panic as he was feeling fine and better than he had over the weekend when his mild cold-like symptoms began. Luckily it was a video call, and it was reassuring to see that he didn’t look or sound poorly. 

 

A few days later he messaged again, to say he was reading through some of my old blog posts – I suppose you have to find something to fill your days when you are isolating. When I asked him which ones, he replied he'd searched for his name on the blog and was happily reading through some of the posts this had offered, many going back ten years or so. When I asked why, he simply said, “because they are my memories too and I've already forgotten some of the things, like a big storm the day I started boarding at lycée”. 

 

You have no idea how happy this made me, and it reinforced the importance of keeping some form of diary, especially to record the everyday events that are easy to forget. 

 

All that is left for me to say now is that I hope you have a lovely Christmas, wherever in the world you are, and you get to make lots of memories with those you love. For my friends over in the US hit by the extreme weather, I’m sending you warm thoughts and lots of love. Stay safe.


Happy Christmas 


French Village Diaries advent day twenty-four making memories
Happy Christmas


5 comments:

  1. Beautiful. l I’ve enjoyed all your blogs. A very happy Christmas to you all. Xxxx

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    1. Thank you. Hope you have a lovely Christmas. Jacqui xx

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  2. One thing modern tech allows is recording/filming to preserve memories. It would be amazing to have video of me as a child opening presents for example or talking with my parents about a vacation. None of these exist from decades back but now every cellphone can do it. Diaries are great, too, because you can write down not just what happened but your thoughts about it.

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    1. Ed has been filming and putting together lovely montages of our family holidays and Christmas celebrations and they are sun fun to look back on. Happy Christmas xxx

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  3. Bonne Année Jacqui! Thank you for your blog. I enjoy it very much and always look forward to the next post.

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