Memories can come to you in the most unexpected places.


With a large box of donuts in hand, she set them on the counter. Previously, she had come to the Hesperia Star looking for old newspapers for her son's puppies. Any one who's had a litter of puppies knows you can go through a lot of papers. The puppies were doing quite well, she shared with me.


Before leaving, she bent down to admire our Christmas cactus. Years ago, while her husband was in the service, they lived in Virginia Beach. The old brick home, with a lovely bay window, was where her Christmas cactus once lived. She held open her arms to show how massive it was. One Christmas it was in full bloom, too many blossoms to count. A tall Christmas tree was flanking the window, along with a small pine tree that was also decorated.


Pleasant memories returned like it was only yesterday.


Sometimes new memories are uniquely created, as the woman who came in to place a classified ad shared. Smiling, she said, "That's how we met - I answered his roommate wanted ad." Now, she was the one placing the room for rent ad, and yes, they're still together. See, you never know what life has to offer you and where you'll find it.


For one generation, scrimping and saving was a way of life. When you don't have a lot, you take care of what you do have. Chris, the loving son that he is, and his wife, were moving his elderly father from Orange County to the High Desert. One day he walked into the garage and found his dad turning the water heater down. His dad said he was trying to save money. Old habits are hard to break. Some memories never fade.


Time moves on like it or not. For one professionally dressed, friendly woman, looking for employment was more difficult then ever. She'd lived in Hesperia since 1964. There were only 5,000 residents back then. She reflected on the native landscape and how you could see for miles. "I don't even recognize the other end of town," she commented. With a few leads, she was out the door and hopefully, would be depositing paychecks into her bank account very shortly.


History can help the present. A great example of that is Hesperia's American Legion Post 725. Dennis De Hay, 2nd Vice Commander, dropped off a "Support Our Troops" box for the soldiers over seas. When asked how long the box would be here, he said, "as long as it's needed." Today, that donation box sits in the Hesperia Star lobby, waiting to be filled and refilled. Those who have been there before, understand, what those who are there now are going through.


Most days are made up of little victories. Grand scale moments are rare but little daily blessings are yours for the taking. Enjoy your memories and be sure to make new ones, for you and your loved ones. You never know what will a trigger a memory.