Treasured memento.... is it a box full of greeting cards and letters, birthday gifts, photographs, trophies or ....
An old e-mail from Dad where he said, "It’s OK and I'm still proud of you", when I failed his expectations.... a memento of his love.
Or my favorite dish Mom made even after I did a walk out on her... memento of her forgiveness.
Or the image of the memory when a friend stood by me when I was going downhill in life... the memento of his friendship.
Or a hug from Brother who loves me no matter what... memento of his care.
Or a message in the inbox from friends to make sure I'm ok after a social hibernation... memento of concern.
Or the happiness I feel when a friend gives me space when I need the "ME" time... memento of understanding.
Or the pride when a cousin shares her secrets only with me... memento of her trust.
Or an "I miss you" e-card from a never-expressive friend... memento of her attachment.
Or the blissfulness when nieces and nephews cling to me the moment I step into the house... memento of their innocence.
Comments on my blog or non-stop bugging, when I ignore writing for long from blogger friends... memento of their time and compassion.
When a person gives me their love, care, understanding, trust and even smiles, they are giving me a part of themselves. And that's the biggest reminder of that person I can preserve. For me every single tiny expression like these are my treasured mementos. I see this as a gesture of acceptance from the people in my life for what I am and not criticizing the weirdness I may exhibit at times. All these moments and smiles complete me and make the picture perfect. If one goes missing, that just takes away the beauty of the whole package.
I want to thank two lovely friends of mine Aditi and Ankur for tagging me in this contest, conducting by Arti. And now I'm tagging Kajal, Richa, Shilpa and Pixie to share their treasured mementos.