Part 1: The Village
“The past is a foreign country,” wrote L.P. Hartley. “They do things differently there.”
No. We do things differently here. The past is over and done, fixed, immutable. We cannot change what happened then.
Not so with our memories.
Psychologists, neurologists and other “ists” tell us that our memories are anything but immutable. We remember some aspects of things past, forget others, confuse events, think we were somewhere when we weren’t. Even the act of recalling a memory changes that memory, or so they tell us.
Memory is a muddle.
So, what was I remembering when I went back to my home village of Meyronne this summer? I walked up and down the streets for almost an hour, looking at vacant lots where once there had been homes, businesses and gathering places. The village was eerily quiet, quite unlike my memory. Continue reading “How I learned you can’t go home again”