The end of September gives way to thoughts of October and eventually another winter filled with cold and snow. Each year the anticipation for winter dwindles. As a youngster, the idea of making a snowman or having a snowball fight and building a snow fort was significant. Now winter just means finding a way to maneuver on the ice – getting from the house to your car without falling down – a time of isolation (who wants that anymore) – time to spend on a hobby that you’re no longer capable of. Still our memories are important for so many reasons. Especially as we grow older. Once we start to lose our memory, our whole character comes into question.

When I got back into performing some 40 years ago, the college I attended was producing the play, “The Fantastiks.” The 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones, tells the story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to be feuding. It was the typical love story, with music oozing throughout. The one song that sticks in my memory is, “Try to Remember.” This melancholy song captures exactly what I mean. When we grow old, we lose some of those special memories that kept us young. We can’t always recapture them, but if we keep reminding ourselves as time goes by, they might come back again.

Don’t ever give up those beautiful times in life that emblazoned your mind. Rekindle those thoughts. Stir the fire and keep it going. Don’t stop believing that you can keep them alive, by revisiting them. So many people my age are struggling in memory care units or are experiencing the loss of memory. That’s why it’s so important for us to try to remember.

Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow
Try to remember the kind of September when you were a tender and callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember then follow

Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow
Try to remember when life was so tender that dreams were kept beside your pillow
Try to remember when life was so tender that love was an ember about to billow
Try to remember and if you remember then follow

Deep in December it’s nice to remember although you know the snow will follow
Deep in December it’s nice to remember without the hurt the heart is hollow
Deep in December it’s nice to remember the fire of September that made us mellow
Deep in December our hearts should remember and follow



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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6 Responses to TRY TO REMEMBER

  1. Lifetime Chicago says:

    Oh my….I was in speech and drama in high school. Majored in college. Actually taught several years as I have written. The first play that I saw at my high school which got me involved was The Fantastiks.

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    I was going to post a comment, but I forgot.


  3. Pooh reminds us to keep all of our senses wide open as we remember the people, places, and events that are waiting to be unlocked again. Kathy, your poem is awesome!

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