Fyodor Dostoyevsky writes in The Brothers Karamazov, “You must know that there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome for life in the future than some good memory, especially a memory of childhood, of home. People talk to you a great deal about education. But some good, sacred memory preserved from childhood – that is perhaps the best education. For if a man has only one good memory left in his heart, even that may keep him from evil…And if he carries many such memories with him into life, he is safe for the end of his days.”
I have wonderful childhood memories. Growing up with my three older brothers and a mom and dad who loved us and took good care of us. We worked hard, played hard and lived fully. Since those days I have good memories of my time with Roz… lots of them. Of course along the way in childhood and beyond there are some unpleasant memories… but for the most part mine are good. Therefore I expect as Dostoyevsky says, “And if he carries many such memories with him into life, he is safe for the end of his days.” Fortunately, I feel pretty safe in this regard.
“I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.” Jesus