Making Memories

The ink is cracking and the image is beginning to fade but the memories this graphic represents become more vivid every day.

You’re looking at one section of a quilt that hangs behind me in my office. This is not an ordinary quilt. It is made up of old T-shirts.

The story of how I came to get this quilt can be found at this link.

Here’s a larger view of the quilt. You can see the section this story is based on.

Why Making Memories?

Years ago, I took my son Jonathan fishing with my friend Ken. Jonathan was three at the time and Ken was in his late sixties. It was a really cold day. Ken was from Arizona. Eighty degrees was cold to him 😃

Ken had circulation problems in his fingers. The cold weather made it very painful. I could tell Ken was hurting so I said so let’s go back to the house.

I’ll never forget what he said. “We’re making memories.” We stayed and Jonathan caught a HUGE catfish. Ken made a big deal about it and we all had a ball. I still remember that fishing trip and miss Ken dearly to this day.

For the past fifteen years, my family has attended a camping trip with 200 of our closest friends. We come from all over the country to a state park here in Indiana. This vacation is non-negotiable. We will not miss it.

I volunteered to design the T-shirt for camp and I thought back to what Ken had said about making memories. This camping trip was our way to make memories as a family.

When I think of camping, I think of campfires and S’mores. This design reflects how I feel about this camp. It puts a smile on my face.

We’ve made some great memories there. And now, every time I look at my quilt, I’m reminded of those memories.

Daily Doable: Are you making memories with your family? Make the time to do it. Years from now, you will be able to look back with no regrets.

Here’s to making memories, one marshmallow at a time.


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