Some day, when the money has all been spent, friends have come and gone, and I am sitting alone cherishing the fact that I at least have my health, I will still feel like the richest man in the world. Because I will still have my memories. Memories are the most most valuable currency there is – priceless for a reason – and I am blessed with some really, really good ones. And although it is a very rough estimate, I would say I owe about 40% of my best memories, to my amazing, beautiful Aunt Holly. She was at the center of some of my most earliest and most cherished memories. Some big ones. My earliest memories of riding in car. Weddings. Christmas. Summer vacations to Dallas when I lived in west Texas. Watching scary late night movies, or Revenge of the Nerds, or seeing Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer video or Belinda Carlisle’s Mad About You for the first time. Three wheelers, swimming pools and her dalmatian named Soccer. She created an amazing sanctuary for a young kid like myself to get away from the the routine of a small town 5th grader. Her home was a place where even as a kid, 10 years old, I could come have the most carefree and relaxing existence. Where I could truly get inspired to be better, and cooler. It is a proven fact that when you are out of your routine, you are more receptive to things around you. That must be why I can even remember the tiniest details: The way the grey concrete around her pool felt when you walked on it. The white coping that lined the pool. The texture of her super soft couches or they way her dog’s ears felt. I cannot remember the name of the person I met yesterday, but I can remember those things from my childhood and I am thankful.
Now along with her daughter Melissa and my Mom, the tradition is continuing. Hopefully all the young kids coming up in the family understand how lucky they are now, and how rich with memories they will be someday.
Today is Holly’s birthday. Sorry I cannot be there in person, but I am sending my love! Most importantly… Thank you for everything. You are truly amazing and I don’t know where I would be without your influence on me.