"Memories are who we are. In the end, that's all the luggage you take with you. Love and Memories are what last." Kristin Hannah
I went with my youngest to see Beauty and The Beast in 3D Imax. It was amazing. It felt like we were right there in the film.
As I watched Belle slowly fall in love with the unruly beast, a memory held deep inside my heart floated to the surface.
My oldest daughter was three at the time. We were at a local outdoor festival watching two people act out Beauty and the Beast. I wasn't sure my daughter understood what they were saying but when it was over and we got up to leave, I noticed tears streaming down her face.
"Baby what's wrong?" I asked.
She looked up at me, her sweet face stained with tears, "She loved him."
That's all it took for me to start crying too. I took her back to meet the guy who played the beast. He got down to her level and said, "you have a heart like Belle. You have a beautiful heart."
That memory makes me cry even today. And it's true, my daughter's heart is gentle and kind. Over the years, she's changed me. She helped softened out my rough edges, and taught me to move more gently in the world.
Memories - they carry us everywhere we go. Memories - they make us who we are. Memories - they like love, last forever.
Happy Thursday, Guys.