My Daily Word – Memories
At the end of a two week tour through Egypt (two years ago), our fabulous tour leader gave us a great insight into memories. I have never forgotten her explanation.
She described our memories as being like little zip files, files compressed to save space making them easier to save or send. What a great visual, and she was right.
She also said that memories would return to us…like little zip files. Some would stay vivid in our minds from the day we left Egypt, and others would pop back into our minds and decompress days, weeks, even years later.
How absolutely brilliant! I can attest that in the past two years, I have experienced little pop-ups of memory from my trip. Some open up during conversation. Others are triggered by senses, like a smells or sounds. For example, the other day I read a scene from one of my critique partners in which she described a character’s eyes as being as “blue as the Egyptian sky”.
Wow. That could sound trite or cliche to some people, but for me it unzipped feelings I experienced while standing beside the Great Pyramid. I do remember being in awe of just how blue the sky was. Even in my photographs, the sky seems bluer than in ones I’ve taken here at home. Standing beside the great stones, I felt…eternal, and eternally small. 🙂
Here is my daily senryu, dedicated to all of the compressed files hidden inside YOUR mind!
like mental pop up windows
unzipping the past
Try unzipping a memory today…and keep writing!
Lynda Gail Alfano