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3 ways to tap into happy memories to deal with difficult times

3 ways to tap into happy memories to deal with difficult times

The setting was September 2009 on a cloudy Saturday morning. I sat at the kitchen table in my brother’s home with my adorable four-year-old niece Emma, eating breakfast as she carefully filled out a coloring book page with vibrant crayons. “Aunt Shira, I like your boyfriend,” she suddenly proclaimed in a serious tone, her eyes never leaving the artwork in front of her. My heart soared at those words. You see, I had been divorced for many years and hadn’t taken anyone home to meet my family since before Emma, or her nine-year-old brother, were born. Knew I loved my boyfriend Justin with all of my heart, but something about getting approval from the youngest member of the Miller family after meeting him made it official. My response was simple. “Thanks sweetie, I like him too.”

— Published on August 24, 2020
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