Did you know souvenir means “memory” in French?
You might be thinking, “Well, maybe Mom’s memory isn’t what it used to be, but she already has one, so why is The Story Woman suggesting I give her more of what she’s got?”
“Give me a few moments of your time and I’ll explain. Now, there’s that word ‘moment’—just exactly what I was looking for.”
Here is what you do:
- Reach inside your mind where the memories dwell.
- Find one moment in time that in the telling would let Mom know how special she is to you and how much you appreciate her unique personality.
- Take pen in hand, place the ball point at the top of some nice writing paper, and in your handwriting record this memory of a significant past event.
Simple? Yes and no—there is a catch. You’ll catch moments that specifically relate to your mother’s character and spirit. This needs be something of genuine sentimental value; after all, it’s Mother’s Day. So don’t just write “stuff” like you’d see on any old Mother’s Day card. Granted some beautiful things are printed on cards, but those words do not have the impact that a story you remember about your mother has, and they were not formed by your voice. Only you can tell this story tell in the way you want it told—in the way she’ll clearly understand your personal feelings.
This short story, the Mother Memoir that you’ve written, is a keepsake that she will forever cherish.
A souvenir beyond comparison—par excellence.