Today, we #HAWMC bloggers were asked whether we have an item we have kept with us that reminds us of an important time in our life, and why the item reminds us.
I mainly rely on my mind for my memories. (No jokes about regretting that as I age.) I have very few keepsakes that are not jewelry. Important times are usually brought to mind again by a hearing a song, smelling an aroma, seeing a movie or the recollection of reading a book.
For example, I happened to be reading the same book when all my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms presented, and was still reading it when I was diagnosed. Don Quixote was a struggle! I paid many library fines before buying my own copy. It seemed to take forever to finish! Perhaps it was symbolic of my health struggle. For, by the time I finished that tome, I was diagnosed, on my current medication and feeling much better!
However, I do have one item that I save for it's significance: the dress I bought for my first date with my husband. We met online at a faith-based dating website. He lived in Atlanta and I lived in Jacksonville, Florida. We talked for many months before deciding to meet. For our first date, he bought tickets to a play and drove over six hours. I bought a cute polka-dotted sundress with crinoline. It was hanging in my closet until the day of our date. While dressing, I noticed the heavy security sensor was still attached to the dress. If only I had tried it on the day before! It was too late to bring it back to the store where I bought it, so I wore it and stopped by a nearby boutique a little early. They did not have the equpiment to remove the sensor, so we decided they should cut a hole in my dress and push the sensor through. We patched up the hole with Scotch tape on the inside.
The dress is now too big for me, but I keep it as a funny memento. It still has the Scotch tape X on the inside of the skirt! Not only is this a happy memory of our first date, but of the days when my symptoms were few and far between, back when I was convinced I was healthy. What is something you keep to remember an important time in your life?
Search #HAWMC on Twitter to read about other e-health activists say about their Things Remembered. Until tomorrow.