It was a week where the smell of tomato sauce brought me to age five, blue TV burbling, small elbows on plastic placemats - my grandmother’s kitchen table. A week where I stumbled upon the pajamas I wore Christmas Eve twenty years ago, only to sleep in my childhood bed, chestnut-headed daughter flush to my side. It was a week of neck-high swimming in joy and exhaustion, memories and moments zagging my heart with deep reaching stitches. Sometimes with things I’d prefer to forget. Others to play on repeat. Like our old dog, dappled in light beneath the tree. My mother’s hands carefully peeling grapefruit, small children in her lap, cancer no longer banging upon her door. I wonder what our children will remember and want to retrace over and over again 30 years down the road. Will it be hand-over-hand cutting of butternut squash? Tiny red wooden beads slung on the tree? Nodding off to the rhythm of streetlights cutting the night? How desperately I want to know.