Thursday, June 24, 2010
Alphabe Thursday, W is for Wistful
It is Alphabe Thursday hosted by Jenny Matlock once again...Click on the link on the sidebar to find out more....
This weeks letter is W and there are a whole lot of W' words to choose from. For some reason, I keep thinking of the word "wistful", so that is what I am going to write about...I think it is a beautiful word.
The definition of wistful is a sad longing for something lost. A yearning for things that were.
So have you ever watched a movie or a show that makes you feel wistful?
One of the ones that brings out that feeling in me is "Peggy Sue Got Married"
A comedy of sorts, which is a funny choice for a movie that makes you wistful, but she gets to go back in time.....She goes to a class reunion and has a fainting episode and wakes up as a teenager again but with her adult mind intact...Can you imagine?
This is where the wistful part comes in for me....There is a scene where she sees her Grandma and she knows in her adult life she has passed on and she grabs her and hugs her while crying....Oh, to go back and get a second chance to see ones loved ones lost....Who would you see? What would you say and do?
I would visit my great grandparents..Especially my great grandpa and ask him to tell me all his stories again...About when he came from France with no English and no family to start a life in America....I would still tape record it all but this time I would lock away the tapes so my sister couldn't tape over them....I would tell him how much his scrapbooks and his stories mean to me and that I know they will have a big impact in my life.
I would spend time with my middle school best friend...I would treasure every second giggling and hanging out....I would tell her to not ever ride in the back of trucks and to always wear a seat belt..I would take a zillion pictures of us together so later I would have pictures to remember...Especially from the night of our first real dance....
I would tell my two best grandmas in the world how much I love them and let them hug me as much as they wanted too...I would let my favorite grandma cook "hotcakes" for me and I would eat as much as she wanted to feed me...I would have my other grandma teach me to sew..I would bask myself in their love.
And last of all, My mom! To look at her in a child's body with adult eyes...I would try to figure out the mystery of her...Who she is as a woman while at the same time I would memorize every second...The smell of her, her expressions, the touch of her hand...The love she felt for me, her firstborn..I would wrap it all up, tie it up with a bow and open it when I didn't have her anymore and just breathe it in.
This is wistfulness at its best.....
What makes you feel wistful?