A man visits the house in which he grew up and finds weedy lawns and a mossy swimming pool. He remembers the pleasant childhood he spent there and laments the decay. Pondering on the role of such memories, he considers his past, present, and future. Did Adam ever look back on Eden, letting his thoughts run to the joy of innocence and a life free of care? Nostalgic memories can help us recognize the death of the past is a necessary part of the labor to give birth to the present, and the need to make the present in to the paths for which we will hunt in some future foray into memory.
"Mossy Pools, Unkempt Paths, and Living Memory,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 53
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol53/iss2/9