Every single day we make memories. Holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions are in our memory banks, as are ordinary experiences at home, school, play, work, and more—like a look, a touch, a conversation. But our memories aren’t only recollections of good days, bad days, important days, and such. Memories—the culmination of daily experiences—also weave the fabric of a person’s life, shaping the person’s character, ethics, attitudes, behaviors, and much more.
Other people contribute to our memories, including parents, other family members, teachers, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, acquaintances, and maybe even strangers. As we grow up and take more control of our lives, we also make more of our own decisions that create new memories: how and where we celebrate holidays and special occasions, who our friends are, where we go to college, what job we choose, where we live, who we marry, and more events, big and small.
But the same may not be true for many children and adults with disabilities. For a variety of reasons, they may not have as much control over their own lives as compared to people without disabilities, so others make decisions for them, “do” for them, and/or exert control over them. Thus, their experiences—and the memories that are created—may be determined by the actions of others . . . Click here to continue.
Memories are the key not to the past, but to
Corrie Ten Boom
To understand a man, you must know his memories.
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