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  • They're gone now.


    I stood in the driveway and watched my grown children drive off into the distance. I looked down the road until I could no longer see their vehicles.


    "They live way too far away from me," I said to myself. "When did they grow up and become parents of small children? Shouldn't that be me?"


    I slipped back inside the house and just walked through the rooms for no reason in particular. I was just missing them already and looking for signs of their having been here. There were pillows on the floor where they had been tossed1 from the couch2 and a few stuffed animals lying around where the children had been playing.


    I smiled at the little fingerprints3 on my mirror. I didn't wipe them off. I thought back to the time when I tried so hard to keep the fingerprints off the mirrors and doors when my children were small. Now, I wanted the tiny fingerprints to stay so that I could see them there just a little longer.


    As I walked around the house, I picked up a few items on the floor and straightened a chair. I decided4 to sort through the toy box and I found a flying dinosaur5, a skeleton6, and a Frankenstein that had mysteriously taken up residence in my box of toys.


    I walked into the kitchen and there on the back of the sink was a bottle brush that had been left behind. "Ah, even Tessa left something behind," I announced. Well, I suppose she had help since she was just four months old.


    "I wonder what else has been left behind," I said out loud to no one in particular. My husband heard me and joined the search for things left behind.


    It seems like every time our family gets together something is left behind. When I call my children to tell them what they have left behind I am usually told, "Oh, just bring it when you come," "Keep it for me until I come back the next time," or "Hey, I really need that, would you mind mailing it to me?"


    "Oh look! Here's Tegan's tooth," I said to my husband as I picked up a ziplock bag with her name engraved7 on it. Tegan had a loose tooth and had managed to wiggle it out earlier in the day. "Now, she can't put it under her pillow. I wonder if it will work if I put it under my pillow. The Tooth Fairy is going to be so confused!" I laughed.


    I walked on around the house finding more things that had been left behind: a toothbrush, a ponytail band, an angel figurine, a pie pan, a frozen teething ring in the freezer, and last but not least the insides of a turkey fryer.


    I was really kind of enjoying myself. It gave me something to do, after they left, to take my mind off of missing them.


    Then my eyes teared up as I noticed the baby outfit8 beside the sink where it had been left to dry after spots had been scrubbed9 out of it. The little outfit, now stain free, reminded me of the trip to the emergency room with Rowan due to a gash10 on her head that was caused from a flower pot pulled over by her curious little fingers.


    "Hmmm, things left behind…" I pondered11 to myself. It seems there is one thing that is left behind on every occasion. Memories are always left behind, I reasoned, and what a precious thing good memories are to us. I thought how each item left behind reminded me of the person it belonged to and the story surrounding it. The insides of the turkey fryer that was left behind reminded me of the delicious Thanksgiving meal that we all enjoyed. The empty pie pan reminded me of Katie's delicious pies. The angel figurine reminded me of the white elephant gift exchange game that we play every year. Even the bad memory of Rowan's injury reminded me of how frightened I was at the sound of her cry. It is a bad memory that turned into a good one as it reminded us of how precious little Rowan is to us.


    Memories happen even if we aren't aware of it. The stressful and difficult moments often become memories that we look back on later with laughter and joy. They are the stories of the future when one day someone will say, “Remember when ... ?", and everyone laughs.


    Then, of course, there are some memories that need to be left behind. The memories of past hurts, unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger should be left behind forever. These are the things that we should never keep until the next time, mail back, or bring with us to our next visit.


    Yes, I stood in the driveway and watched my grown children drive off into the distance and I remembered my own parents once doing the same thing. I never knew then that I would one day be the one waving from the driveway and feeling my heart drive off down the road. That's because there is one more thing besides memories left behind ... and that is love.


    As Elizabeth Stone said, “To have a child is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."


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    1 tossed [tɔst] 1788eb02316d84175e2a5be1da07e7bf   第6级
    v.(轻轻或漫不经心地)扔( toss的过去式和过去分词 );(使)摇荡;摇匀;(为…)掷硬币决定
    • I tossed the book aside and got up. 我把书丢在一边,站了起来。
    • He angrily tossed his tools and would work no longer. 他怒气冲冲地扔下工具不肯再干了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    2 couch [kaʊtʃ] mzfxf   第6级
    • Lie down on the couch if you're feeling ill. 如果你感觉不舒服就躺到沙发上去。
    • The rabbit sprang from its grassy couch. 兔子从草丛中跳出。
    3 fingerprints [ˈfɪŋgəˌprɪnts] 9b456c81cc868e5bdf3958245615450b   第8级
    n.指纹( fingerprint的名词复数 )v.指纹( fingerprint的第三人称单数 )
    • Everyone's fingerprints are unique. 每个人的指纹都是独一无二的。
    • They wore gloves so as not to leave any fingerprints behind (them). 他们戴着手套,以免留下指纹。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    4 decided [dɪˈsaɪdɪd] lvqzZd   第7级
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents. 这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting. 英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
    5 dinosaur [ˈdaɪnəsɔ:(r)] xuSxp   第7级
    • Are you trying to tell me that David was attacked by a dinosaur? 你是想要告诉我大卫被一只恐龙所攻击?
    • He stared at the faithful miniature of the dinosaur. 他凝视著精确的恐龙缩小模型。
    6 skeleton [ˈskelɪtn] OE7z0   第6级
    • A long illness made a skeleton out of him. 长期的卧病使他骨瘦如柴。
    • Her notes gave us just the bare skeleton of her theory. 她的笔记只给我们提供了她的理论的梗概。
    7 engraved [inˈɡreivd] be672d34fc347de7d97da3537d2c3c95   第8级
    v.在(硬物)上雕刻(字,画等)( engrave的过去式和过去分词 );将某事物深深印在(记忆或头脑中)
    • The silver cup was engraved with his name. 银杯上刻有他的名字。
    • It was prettily engraved with flowers on the back. 此件雕刻精美,背面有花饰图案。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    8 outfit [ˈaʊtfɪt] YJTxC   第8级
    • Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughter's wedding. 珍妮为参加女儿的婚礼买了一套新装。
    • His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday. 他父亲在他生日那天给他买了一套滑雪用具。
    9 scrubbed [sk'rʌbd] 0e51a5270f033b709377097d97622286   第6级
    v.用力擦洗,刷洗( scrub的过去式和过去分词 );取消(原有安排);对…不予考虑,取消
    • The mother scrubbed the floor and her child did the same. 母亲擦洗地板,孩子也跟着干。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • She scrubbed the stain on the floor. 她把地板上的污迹擦掉了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    10 gash [gæʃ] HhCxU   第9级
    • The deep gash in his arm would take weeks to heal over. 他胳膊上的割伤很深,需要几个星期的时间才能痊愈。
    • After the collision, the body of the ship had a big gash. 船被撞后,船身裂开了一个大口子。
    11 pondered ['pɒndəd] 1a6c48627cecaa2388b702fa33d751ff   第6级
    考虑( ponder的过去式和过去分词 ); 深思熟虑; 沉思; 琢磨
    • She pondered over his words. 她反复琢磨他的话。
    • She pondered his marriage proposal for weeks. 几个星期以来她认真地考虑着他的求婚。

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