Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is cherish…..  I’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow my six simple rules.


Cherish – to feel or show great love for someone or something;
to remember or hold an idea or belief in a deeply felt way

~ Merriam-Webster


I like running, and I cherish the time spent with friends on the trails; but do I cherish running? I suppose, but what I really cherish are things far deeper, things I adore, things that tug at my heart, things that give me warm fuzzies… 


I will always cherish:

  • My family
  • Friends, old and new
  • Childhood memories
  • My memory of the very first time I met Bill
  • The intense look on my babies faces the first time they gazed into my eyes
  • Laughing until my jaws and belly hurt
  • The letters my my mom wrote to me when she was away at college
  • My grandmother’s 1918 class ring even though she died before I was born
  • The week I spent with my dad before he died
  • Time spent with my mom helping her heal
  • Seeing the sunrise most mornings
  • The memory of my sons’ first visits home after going away to college
  • The way Bill greets me when he gets home from work each and every evening
  • The first snowfall of the winter
  • The feeling I have the moment I walk onto the Virginia Tech campus 
  • Sitting around the table laughing – just the five of us
  • The many photo albums I have from Joseph’s and Daniel’s childhoods
  • The feeling of freshly cut grass under my bare feet
  • Time spent on the Appalachian Trail with Bill
  • The magical feeling of sitting under a newly decorated Christmas tree with all of the lights off except for those on the tree
  • Family reunions
  • Dimples in a baby’s hand
  • Seeing the abundance of wildlife in our back yard
  • The smell of curing hay when I visit the farm
  • The strong manly hugs from both of my sons


Today would have been my dad’s birthday. He was smart, funny, athletic, and handsome; and he worked harder than anyone I’ve ever met. Dad was a good man, treated my mom like gold, loved his family and community, and in doing so set a great example for my brother and me. I truly cherished him. 



I feel truly blessed during this month of Thanksgiving to have so much to cherish.  My heart is full, and I’m grateful for every cherished memory.


What do you cherish?


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Next Wednesday’s Word:  Bountiful