Memory # 1

Memory is abstract, personal, unknowable. It can encompass the random and the inexplicable, just as dream sequences can. But once memories are written down or otherwise committed to record, they assume a life of their own. They become less malleable and must assume a more coherent shape. We take fragments of memory and weave them together into patterns as best we can. We darn or embroider any holes with threads of things that happened in our readings, in our conversations with others who really were there, in our dreams. Those then become part of the fabric of our storytelling, so that soon enough it is impossible to say what was remembered and what was embroidered. © Elizabeth Pisani