Embracing “Bubble-Ups”

So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” Helen Keller

One of the daughters I interviewed for my book referred to her sudden mother-memories as “bubble-ups.” We all have them. Those sights, smells, songs, sayings that cause the bubbling up of a memory of a precious person in our life who is gone. 

These bubble-ups frequently catch us off guard, surprising us with their power. Other bubble-ups are predictable like when the University of Nebraska football team takes the field, I can’t help but shed a tear…my dad is right there with me.

Affirmation: Memories are precious to me.

Coaching questions: What “bubble-ups” do you have? How do you handle them?


Photo by Paul Schellekens on Unsplash

2 thoughts on “Embracing “Bubble-Ups”

  1. I know just what you mean by a “bubble up.” I have looked in the mirror several times and seen my mother. I don’t think I look like her. I have always been told I took after my dad. But I’ve seen my mother in the mirror looking back at me. Now I was only 26 when she died so that is a long time ago. I don’t know how she would have looked in her 70’s. But when I do see her, memories flow fast into my mind.


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