Sentimental Photos and Related Memories – UBC Day 9 #blogboost

Sentimental Photos and Related Memories – UBC Day 9 #blogboost

Photos and Memories


My Dad and Mom – one of the last photos of them together before Dad passed away in 2002!


I’m back from a few days of other obligations demanding my time! I’m going to strive for two posts a day through the end of the week to catch up with my UBC daily blog prompts. Backing up to the 9th, the prompt was actually to share a photo and discuss its significance.


I decided to share a few photos of my late parents… because I had a dream about them two nights ago.


It was the kind of dream that was so intense and vivid, you fully expect the people from your dream to be standing there…followed by the realization it was just a dream and feeling bitterly disappointed and profoundly sad.  🙁


Yeah, it was one of THOSE dreams … and after you are fully awake, you know in your head what the reality is, but your heart yearns for the alternate reality.  🙁

In this dream, the whole Willis (my maiden name) family and extended family members were there, planning a camping trip. My Dad, whose voice I haven’t heard for about 14 1/2 years, had just clearly asked me how many of the grandchildren would want to go fishing…just before I woke up…


My Dad and oldest daughter Shara fishing during a camping trip MANY years ago!



My parents would have been married 60 years on the 27th of this month.  Dad has been gone since Sept. 2, 2002 – and Mom since July 7, 2011 – I have NO idea what led to that dream, unless it’s the fact it’s their anniversary month, and it would have been a milestone one.  🙁 And we always had big family celebrations on birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events.


             Mom and Dad’s 35th anniversary (4-27-1982)



My husband and I were pondering if our loved ones’ spirits visit us in our sleep and communicate spirit to spirit – and maybe that’s what causes the dreams.

I had a very strong emotional reaction, and spent time off and on crying throughout the day.  I miss them so much, but the dream really brought them back in an ethereal sort of way. It was about the closest to physically seeing, hearing, and touching them again as possible, at least in this life.


So What Are YOUR Thoughts?

Have you ever experienced a dream that’s so real (in a good way), that it’s a shock to wake up and realize it’s NOT real?

Do you gain solace from dreams, photos, and all their related memories?




6 thoughts on “Sentimental Photos and Related Memories – UBC Day 9 #blogboost

  1. I’ve had dreams that have felt real and I was shocked when I woke up. Some of those dreams were nightmares so it was a relief to wake up. Other dreams were not. I’ve seen my grandparents, my father, and my cats in my dreams. Then I wake up and I know that they aren’t there and I wonder why they are gone.

  2. You know I’ve had dreams like that about some family members that I haven’t seen in a long time or had no way of contacting. And I can so relate to the deep feeling of sorrow when you wake up and realize it was just a dream. I don’t know if this in any way will add to your post, but here’s a song I listen to when I feel sad:
    Blessings 🙂

  3. My dreams often seem very, very real. They are so interesting and revealing as to what I may be working through.

  4. I have those dreams ever so often. While I really enjoy the company of my parents and spending the time with them, I usually wake up feel sad for them not being there with me in the physical world. Sometimes it would be a dream with BOTH my parents, and other times it might be just one of them.

  5. I sometimes have lovely dreams about my father. Those kind of dreams came virtually every night after he died when I was 13. The “nightmare” came when I woke up and realized it was just a dream.

    I don’t often remember dreams I woke up out of a bad one an hour ago. A pan wouldn’t fit on the stove top gas burner so I decided to swap the burners around. In the process the whole burner came off and gas was leaking. I grabbed the family and we ran out of the house. Then I woke up. I think it came about because we bought a replacement dishwasher last week which we installed ourselves. I was a concerned about making sure everything was tight enough so there weren’t any leaks.

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