Sunday 11th April 2021

Special Times To Remember. #LifeThisWeek 16/52. 2017.55.

Special Times To Remember. #LifeThisWeek 16/52. 2017.55.

When I planned this prompt I was thinking about the special time (on this date!) I remembered when I heard that I was pregnant for the second time..after a long gap between children (over 7 years) after being told I would not able to have a second child. Then I re-thought my response and decided to add more. Here they are photos and the special times I remember behind each of them! From left to right and clockwise.

Set One.

  1. Here I am in my principal’s role snapped on school photo day circa 2000. I was very proud to be chosen to be a school principal in my own right after years of being both relieving and acting principal in a number of schools.
  2. On Queenscliff Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. May school holidays spent at my parents’ house with my husband and baby daughter. This is in 1972. I don’t think my daughter was keen on the water! Great times spent each time we came back to Sydney from our rural/outback teaching roles from 1971-1977.
  3. The face of a relieved and retired person who is learning to make her way through life without roles and responsibilities that she has lived with for over 40 years. Special memories made via selfies on my beach walks in 2016.
  4. Young parents! We were 21 when our daughter was born and both teaching in small schools out the back of Boggabri NSW. I was back at work by now (phew, I disliked being at home and isolated on a country property) and this young one is in a swing made by her Dad! We were back at school/work and she was well-cared for next door to my school by my boss’ wife, her godmother.

Set Two.

  1. I am around 17 here. This is me, first of the NSW HSC cohort in my senior uniform. It was brown (yuck) and consisted of a skirt, shirt and jacket making it almost ‘suit-like.’ I was not a nerd but a social being at school but finally did remember to study in Year 12 and get into teacher’s college. I loved being part of the first group in NSW to do the HSC and it is 50 years ago this year!!
  2. The lovely man I married all those years ago – 46 to be exact – with me last Christmas in this house we are renting. We are making special memories right now as for the first time in our lives it is ‘just us’ and no responsibilities for family and work, except for some voluntary work by my husband.
  3. Eleven years ago I fulfilled a dream held since teenage years and stood on the North Shore of Oahu looking for the waves that I had sung about in the school bus in the 1960s…”Ride the Wild Surf”…and the surf was flat. Disappointed but a wonderful experience to visit Hawaii..on my first and only (to date) trip out of Australia.
  4. Turning 65 meant this…a big grin and relief that my working life was done and I would be eligible for a part-pension. That meant fewer expenses for us as I had no superannuation so it was a good thing. It was also a sad occasion as it was the last birthday I got to celebrate with my whole family in Sydney. I remember it with mixed emotions as in under 2 months we would be gone from Sydney to live on the Central Coast.

I found this article on memories very interesting and share it from here.

Do you find you remember certain experiences and times very well indeed?

I do, often remembering the weather, smells, sounds as well as sights.

Our brains are amazing!

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  1. There are lots of beautiful memories in this bunch! And despite your description of the school uniform, you look so happy in that photo! Did your daughter end up warming to the ocean eventually? When I read your blog posts and look at your photos, I can’t help but think that you’ve lived your life really well. I don’t mean that you haven’t had challenges or rough spots, by that. Just that you seem to meet challenges head on and make the best of them. xx

    • You have made my day! I was only chatting with B about this very thing yesterday. When you (I in this case) are caught up in the recent times and they seem a bit bleurgh you have to recall all that has happened in your life to this point. Yes there have been many satisfying and amazing experiences that might not fit everyone’s bill of a life of success (if you were using money, a house, travel as guides for example) but we have influenced the lives of many as teachers all through NSW. That is good! Our daughter did take to the ocean and enjoys her visits here with her kids when they also get to go into the water.

  2. What beautiful memories and achievements, Denyse!

    Here’s to the creation of so many more as well.

    SSG xxx

    • Thank you so much I will indeed. I think I appreciate even more how my life has worked out even though at times things seem more on the negative side that others. We have been blessed with a long and happy marriage and that is a HUGE win!!

  3. It so lovely to learn more and more about you through your posts!

    My memory has never been the best but some things stand out such as when my twins were born and the three weeks they spent in the NICU. Our first holidays at Port Stephens in Fingal Bay when the twins were babies and then toddlers were also special.


    • Thank you Ingrid. Sometimes I wish I did not remember so well…if you know what I mean! We had a fantastic family holiday with our kids back in the 1980s at Fingal Bay and still recall it as magical!

  4. Great memories!
    I can even remember what I wore in most of my memories. And what other people wore too! I’m a details girl …

    • Interesting that you say that about clothing. It seems you are drawn to this in your work and in the way you support your daughter’s career. Loved reading that about you!

  5. I love this roundup of images. So lovely to learn more about you. Hawaii is on my list! I have only stopped over there for a few hours but couldn’t leave the airport. It looked amazing.

    • Thanks Jody. Oh, you must go if you can. Only a 10 hour trip and a family friendly spot for sure. I do hope you get to Hawaii. The airport does not do it justice LOL.

  6. So many lovely memories Denyse. It is good to go back and revisit them isn’t it?

    • Thank you Sue. It is indeed. On some days, though if my mood is a little low, it is not always a good thing…but in general I am delighted to have made this life what it is and remember all of it. Blessed with an amazing memory!!

  7. Oh my gosh, what beautiful memories!! I MUST go through my older photos and blog those moments too x

    • Good on you! Please do. I look at my blog as an ‘historical’ and ‘biographical’ document in many ways. The other point is that I think we forget much of what went before because we are sooooo caught up in the present and making plans for the future. That’s my excuse!

  8. I love seeing personal pictures on blogs Denyse – it makes it feel like I know you even better. Great memories and so lovely of you to share them with us. I’ve been busy making Easter memories with our kids and granddaughter – so special isn’t it?

  9. Thank you so much Leanne! I did wonder how your excellent Easter weekend went! We had 4 of our grandchildren visit. One with her mum as she is only 4 and the other bigs (at older teen age and 20) drove themselves here. It was lovely to catch up with them. We miss the other four grandchildren very much but saw their pics via social media as they devoured the chocolate on Easter Sunday.

  10. Those are some lovely memories Denyse…I do look back on photos and recollect moments through those. Apart from that, like you, sights and smells can also evoke memories.

    • Yes there are a few ways we remember thing aren’t there? And interestingly two people in the same experience and place will remember things differently! We are all unique for sure.

  11. One thing you’ve kept all this time is your lovely smile Denyse. Never let it go. I always say that, ‘A Smile Can Spread For Miles’. Just seeing your smile, made me smile. I’d put a smiley face here if I knew how.

    • Oh how kind. Thank you Maria!! That’s made me smile too. Unfortunately my smile of then is what I had to give up when I had my recent dental surgery…my smile is genuine but the teeth are now fake. A sign of my ageing I guess. My mum always had a great smile too and my eldest granddaughter has inherited the quality too.

  12. inthegoodbooksblog ( Michelle) says:

    I am not so good at remembering what I wore, and sometimes I even forget who I was with at the time, but I do consider myself to have quite strong memories of special days in the past. Your memories are great by the way!!

  13. What beautiful memories you have, how life changes and flows. I love having and taking photos for that reason so that when I look back on them I can easily recall the moments in time. I feel having those records will become more and more important as life goes on.

    • Yes, photos are my memories too. I also like the fact that I have been blogging for a while and some of this is proving to be a memory keeping place too.

  14. Great post. I’m new, but found you from another blog that linked up. I’ll save this and definitely link up next week!!

  15. Love this idea to post memories through photos!! By the way