remembered dates and looking forward

August 30, 2011

“No one tells us, girls who don’t go on dates, that remembering can be almost as good as what actually happens.”–Kathryn Stockett, The Help

I offer you this gem for three reasons:

  1. I just read the book a little over a week ago and saw the movie last Friday.  I adore them both.  Read and watch, and you can thank me later.
  2. I’ve been there.  I’ve been that girl who doesn’t go on dates, and I’ve been the girl who gets to re-live and relish every moment of a remembered date.  It truly is almost as good as the real thing, because you can experience everything again in slow motion.
  3. I’ve been feeling this way quite a bit lately, though not about remembering nor about dating.  (Sorry to disappoint.)  Allow me to explain:

I have a lot of things I am looking forward to, and the time I spend thinking and dreaming about them feels like it might be just as good as the real things, if and when they happen.  I think one of the things I enjoy the most in life is the anticipation of something good just around the corner.  So some of the things I am anticipating are:

  • the arrival of a friend who is going to live with me for three months.
  • college football season.
  • autumn weather.
  • the possibility of going to China next year.  (Yes, China.  I’ll tell you more about this if it materializes.)
  • the possibility of writing a book with a friend.
  • a couple of classes I am taking this fall.

What are you anticipating these days?



  1. 🙂 I agree Allison. Anticipation of things to come and savoring memories are wonderful. Happy for you…for the these things you are anticipating (and more!). And although you didn’t mention it…I’m anticipating dates for you. hehehe

    • Thanks, Mel! I’ll receive that. 🙂

  2. What a great and transparent post Allison! Ann and I are looking forward to a season of recovery!

    • Thanks, Bob! Are you back in Kansas City yet?

      • We are back!! Praise the Lord!!

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