Integrative Seminar 2: Response to Didon

“On Keeping a Notebook” by Joan Didon discusses the significance of keeping a notebook and the ways in which helps the author remind his identity from the past memories. The quote, “I made the sauerkraut again last night and it did not make me feel any safer, but that is, as they say, another story.” (pg. 108), is an example of Didon’s memory. Although Didon used the same recipe of the sauerkraut, it had a different feeling and impression to the narrator and that became another part of Joan Didon’s memory. The phrase “but that is, as they say, another story” relates to the essay as a whole bringing back to how we cannot relive the memories from the past. I can personally relate to this quote because I believe that people have moments that are personal to themselves involving their family, friends, and loved ones. Hence, we consistently desire to recall those wonderful memories we have experienced. Whether it is in our short term or long term memories, it has the ability to fade away as time passes by.

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