French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Natshukashii – (adj): a warm, sudden feeling of sentimentality in which small things bring back some old, euphoric memories when one remembers the goodness and the fondness of that time.
I can’t deal with nostalgia the way we French do ‘the falling leaves … drift by the window …“. It depresses me to realise how times flies, even though I am at this delusional age where I think that everyone my age looks way older than I do.
So when nostalgia knocks a bit too hard at my heart, this is what I do: I focus on how blessed I am for the beautiful times and the precious souls that have crossed my paths. I can’t confine those feelings of love in my heart, I have tried, they make me suffocate. The only way to deal with them is to let them float around and share them by being extra mindful, extra grateful.
Since I have become a mother myself, I am cherishing the memories of my childhood, the family gatherings in my grand parents houses with all my cousins. The laughs, the shoutings, my grand ma’ so unique cakes and the hot chocolates .. My kids love the funny stories of this “old time” when their Mum and the Uncles were their age and doing so many stupid things to drive Papi et Mamie crazy ..
Imagine how divine it would be if we could capture the essence of our most precious times in bottles? tiny little vials to open in case of “need a hug” emergency.
We are not there yet, so in the meanwhile I am dealing with my nostalgic moments the “natsukashii” way. Lucky us to have memories to cherish! Lucky us to have the chance to offer even better ones to our children.
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