n. something remembered from the past; things learned and kept in the mind

  • he read me fairy tales, and then fell asleep as the prince carried the princess away;
  • she once led me by the hand to a store where she bought me clothes and a tiny white back pack littered with blue and red stars;
  • my teacher always complained about an issue with cleanliness and orderliness which I do not believe I ever outgrew;
  • she gave me dolls instead of the fathers I had wished for every Christmas until I learned the truth about Santa;
  • she sang me songs and brushed my hair and told me all about The Carpenters and ABBA and Air Supply;
  • “I think I have a crush on you because you gave me your last wafer”;
  • every year during Commencement she would give me a packet full of coins and bright red santan flowers, kiss me on the temple, say good job, baby, good job;
  • he read me poetry, multitudes of verses old and eerie to my ears and eyes now; Whitman, Wordsworth, Longfellow, Henley, Poe, Browning, Frost, Kipling, Hunt, Barrett-Browning, Dickinson, Gray, Tennyson, Thomas… The list goes on and on and on and on and on nights when I find it hard to sleep I fall back into the comforts of his deep voice calling out my name, speaking the first lines of a poem carved so deep into my skull it aches to this very day: The curfew tolls the knell of parting day…;
  • I was happy once.
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