When my husband died some seven years ago, I was more than happy to let go of some memories -the difficult periods we shared. Letting go of cancer's agony was a particular joy. I was also happy to let the memories of discord between us go.
Here's what I wrote:
"In my journey it's necessary to get unstuck even from happy memories, since I can't access that life any more. What I can access, however, is the present moment, and enter it wholly."
For me, happy memories might keep me stuck. My husband might become sacred, burnished in time and fabricated into a legend. That would certainly interfere with new connections! So, when a happy memory comes along I let it go. Dwelling on a dead man feels, well, foolish. He's history.
I wouldn't be writing this blog if it weren't for his, and our, history. Here I am, trying to make sense of memories. Sense of the absent him. Sense of me without him. Sense of a present without him. I am coming to love the present without him. But clearly, I am not doing it without him. He's here, in this blog. I'm quite confused. Does post widowhood mean abandoning any reference to him in my life?
What do you think? Are memories useful or not?