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This word at first glance makes me think of my maiden name – Gunter. Then, it makes me snicker because they are not at all the same.
This word also holds a great deal of fear for me. My Grandma Spence had Alzheimer’s. This disease/condition is a memory stealer. As I understand it, it affects one’s short-term memory first. This is scary to me because I am having trouble with short-term memory more and more lately. I will be in the middle of a sentence and forget what I am saying.
Long-term memory has always been an issue for me. I have very little in the way of memories of various events in my childhood. There are things that I should remember, but I just don’t for whatever reason. I am afraid of the possibility that I also am on the Alzheimer’s road. I don’t want to forget even more than I have already. I don’t want to forget who my husband and children are. I don’t want to forget who I am. If I forget who I am, then I have forgotten those that came before me. I don’t want to forget.
And I don’t want to be forgotten.
Jessica Andrews sings “Who I Am”
I am because they were.
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Disclaimer: These Filipino word images are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.