Write to remember

In discussing recently his newly published memoir about his parents, author Richard Ford made a keen observation about memories and the power of the written word to preserve them.

“One of the effects of memory is that it’s porous; as we grow older, we forget things, and the truth of them becomes altered,” said the Mississippi native and Pulitzer Prize winner. “Writing factually about my parents, through the lens of loving them, in essence stopped my memory from losing them, and preserved them.”

Few of us have the talent of Ford, but we can heed his insight.

Are there things about your past you want to always and accurately remember?

Write them down before they slip away.