Light the corners of my mind — Misty watercolor memories of the way we were
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind — smiles we gave to one another, for the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then? or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again tell me, would we? could we?
Memories — May be beautiful and yet, what’s too painful to remember we simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter we will remember
Whenever we remember the way we were
People remember events from over a generation ago — but we often forget the moments of today, not too distant from before this very moment . . . .
Our memories, where did they go?
Moses called on God to remember God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to deliver the Israelites from God’s wrath — especially after the incident of the Golden Calf.
כז זְכֹר, לַעֲבָדֶיךָ–לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק, וּלְיַעֲקֹב: אַל-תֵּפֶן, אֶל-קְשִׁי הָעָם הַזֶּה, וְאֶל-רִשְׁעוֹ, וְאֶל-חַטָּאתוֹ.
Deut 9:27 Remember Thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin;
Why? Did Gd forget something — or was it us?
Maybe that’s why we see ‘the ghost’s admonition’ to Hamlet, not by accident mirroring the Torah in Deuteronomy “you shall well remember,” (here also in Deut 7:17,18).
Remember me, “So Uncle there you are, now to my word . . . .
It is adieu, adieu, remember me . . . I’ve sworn’t . . . .” (Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, line 98)
Memory, may be part of who we are now — it might even be who we are not . . . or maybe, it is what we are missing? or perhaps, it is what we have chosen to forget . . . .