In today’s world it is not unusual to wake up and be told “you have a memory”. Social media delights in re-sharing something significant from times gone by and I don’t know if you feel, as I do, pleased to be reminded of these largely happy times that we’ve chosen to share but I also think it contributes to a stronger sense of the ways in which the past contributes to the present.
From a well-being point of view of course all our past experiences shape who we are and it is particularly interesting to see how the emotional response to an event can significantly change its impact.
But the memories do, I confess, help me to feel a sense of achievement as well as pleasure and pride. What is also remarkable in being presented with these moments from the past, is the reminder of how quickly children change and how amazing that growth and development is. Every day at school we enjoy being a part of this journey .
Being told to remember is perhaps a new phenomenon. But the act of remembrance both in the church’s year, remembering those who have died, and in the secular, and national life, where we pause to remember service men and women who have given their lives for their country, families who have been bereaved and soldiers whose lives have been irrevocably changed by war, is, I believe, our duty.
We have to teach our children how to remember. I think giving them pointers of what to think about as well as modelling respectful silence creates strong social bonds as well as marking this season of remembering.
I thank all of you who engaged with our act of remembrance on Monday and as we meet and talk about the growth and development of your children in the weeks of parents‘ evenings to come, I hope that we can strengthen the bonds between us that help all children to grow and flourish and make many more memories for the future.
Have a great weekend,