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Recalling Old Memories as You Get Older

by Ron Kurtus (27 January 2021)

For some reason, as you get older, you start recalling more and more old memories.

Some people record those memories as a memoir. Others tell stories to their grandchildren. Still others simply keep them to themselves.

Sometimes telling your stories to others can be boring to them. On the other hand, some children enjoy hearing the old stories from their grandfather or grandmother.

Some older people repeat a single story over and over again. Often it was the most important thing that happened in their lives.

They say, just before you die, your life passes before your eyes. Perhaps seeing these old memories is related to that idea.

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Telling stories to your grandchildren

Some grandchildren enjoy hearing stories about the lives of their grandparents. Even if they are not interested in hearing the stories, later in their lives, they are glad to have learned about their granparents.

Telling story over and over

Some people tell of a single experience over and over. Perhaps it was the only major thing that happened in their lives.

Every time I would see Bob—who was in his 80s—he would always tell the story about how he was on a ship in the Navy during a big storm. I guess it had a great impact on him.

A classic short story by John Steinbeck, The Leader of the People, tells about how grandfather would repeatedly tell a story of leading a wagon train out West. It was the biggest thing that happened to him.

Life passes before your eyes

They say that, just before you die, your life passes before your eyes. I wonder if it is possible that when you start to recall these old memories, it is an indication that your time of Earth is coming to an end.

Summary

As you get older, you may start recalling many old memories. Some children enjoy hearing the old stories from their grandfather or grandmother.

Some older people may repeat the story of the most important thing that happened in their lives.

They say, just before you die, your life passes before your eyes. Perhaps seeing these old memories is related to the idea that your time of Earth is coming to an end


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