In our movie of the week, Memento, we have a character who suffers from a condition known as Anterograde Amnesia—an inability to create new memories while still being able to recall long-term memories. I thought it would be fitting to write out a list of some of my favourite memories from my life, from my earliest memories to today.
– Sitting on the floor of the living room in our small mobile home watching Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling with my siblings. The Cuban Assassin, Killer Karl Krupp and Leo Burke changed my life.
– Making marshmallow snowmen with my mom. Christmas was coming and I was going insane with anticipation.
– Sitting outside with my grandfather in Yarmouth, NS listening to him tell stories.
– Meeting my best friend on the first day of school in grade 1. We had so many common loves: superheroes, climbing, making bows and arrows, riding bikes, swimming, and make believe adventures. We also both wet the bed back then. I guess now that I’m past the age of 40 I can share that.
– Seeing my first theatre movie: Lady and the Tramp. My second movie turned out to be just as great of a memory for me: The Empire Strikes Back.
– Moving from a trailer into a house where I got my own room.
– Writing and drawing my own cartoon strip. “Crooket’s Law.”
It looked just like this one.
– Christmas morning, finding a puppet of Animal the muppet (and famed drummer of Dr. Tooth’s Electric Mayhem) with my name on it.
– Sleeping outside with my cousins in Fredericton.
– Going to see the New Brunswick Hawks play at the Moncton Coliseum with my dad and brother. The smell of french fries and cigarettes became comforting smells ever since.
– Staying with my aunt and uncle in Nova Scotia for a few weeks in the summer. Ate lots of fish, which I was happy to do.
– Going on a trip to North Carolina with my sister and lots of good friends on a choir tour. I could sing as well then as I can now. So yeah, it was a miracle I even went. Awesome time.
– My first kiss with a girl from Newfoundland. She was a good kisser.
– Meeting Randy Savage and Elizabeth at the Moncton Coliseum with my sister. He had just won the world title two months previous.
– Establishing a new close friendship after discovering a guy I went to a church youth group with was a wrestling fan. We could talk for hours and never get bored.
– Travelling to Florida with my parents and sisters.
– Discovering new freedoms and responsibilities as I move into a college dorm room.
– Meeting Joy at a weekend rally at my school; taking her on a double date to see Muppet Christmas Carol two years later; proposing to her two years later; marrying her one year later with so many people I know and love there to witness it. Oh, and going on an Alaskan Cruise with her two months later.
– Seeing my very first NHL game in Colorado. The Avalanche beat the Blackhawks that night.
– Traveling to Russia to work with teenagers in a summer camp. Winning a Russian language competition that I had no business winning. Great story…
– Witnessing the birth of my three children. Each of them have heard their birth stories a thousand times.
– Getting a call to move to Sussex to teach youth ministry.
– Attending the closing session of my daughters’ summer “princess lessons” and dancing with them. We were all decked out.
– Taking a group of teens from Bloomfield to Saint John and spending the day doing everything from bowling, to swimming, to movies, to a moment of silence at a cenotaph at the town square.
– Going to Greece and swimming in the Mediterranean.
– Taking my son to his first wrestling match. The first of many we’d attend.
– Taking my wife and children to Disney in Florida.
– Going on a road trip with my son and some friends to see my (and his) first WWE event: Night of Champions 2013.
– Being involved in professional wrestling for the first time as a ring announcer.
There are so many more but I’m sure I’ve bored what few readers I may have already with this list. It sure felt good to reflect on all of these and to see how many significant ones came to mind. I hope I never get Leonard’s condition, though I would gladly live with it if it meant I would otherwise lose my long-term memories. Like everyone, I have bad memories as well, but all of these great ones overshadow them. May I never take that for granted.
Congratulations Memento, this is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actress: Invana Baquero, who plays Ofelia in Pan’s Labyrinth. She is a child in his movie and I don’t think they could have found a better actress for the part. This movie made it onto my top 25 favourite movies list the moment I watched it.
Best Actor: Don Cheadle. Hotel Rwanda is one of those “important” movies that everyone really should see, and Cheadle’s portrayal of the hotel manager fits this importance like a glove.
Best Quote: “If we can’t make memories, we can’t heal.” – Guy Pearce as Leonard in Memento.
If any of you did not catch Petrina’s comment on the last blog post, take a moment and read it. She describes the greatness of Memento well. This is one of the most creative plots of any movie I’ve seen and it leaves you with plenty to think and talk about.
Every good memory is a gift. Cherish them.