Suppose you are recalling a sweet memory from the past and you remember a specific person / event in which you e.g. laughed / was very happy a lot. How would a native call that moment / event / person / scenery etc. at the time being (when he / she is remembering it)? The only way I think it should be translated from my mother language is:

  • May it always be brought happily to mind.

I would be thankful if you help me find the best way to say it.

3 Answers 3


When you think about pleasant memories, you can describe it as reminiscing.

You can refer to the memories as reminiscences or, if you really want to lay it on thick, sweet reminiscences.

These expressions are regarded as quite old-fashioned, but I think the whole concept is quite old-fashioned. I can't imagine a sk8er boy doing it.

  • Thank you, but what do you think of what Max mentioned in the previous post? Does it make sense to you or you believe that it sounds old-fashioned too?
    – A-friend
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 9:15
  • @A-friend: I'd say that both cherish and reminisce are about equal. The difference is that reminiscing is more closely related to the concept you originally asked about. You can cherish a lot of things without reminiscing; the two become very similar when you're cherishing memories.
    – J.R.
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 9:28
  • @J.R. so what should I say using "reminiscing" to mention those sweet memories which are gone and belong to the past time?
    – A-friend
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 10:06
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    You can say, "I am reminiscing about Bob. I miss his big smile." Or, "I've been reminiscing about that vacation we took to Switzerland. Remember how beautiful those mountains were?"
    – J.R.
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 10:26
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    @A-friend, cherish is definitely in decline, but reminisce has made a comeback over the past century. As J.R. says, you can cherish a lot of things: it 's only when you cherish memories that it has the meaning that you are looking for. books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 15:17

You might be looking for fond memory.

fond memory
something that you remember with pleasure
fond memory of: Jane has fond memories of a happy childhood.

You might also be interested in cherish.

: to remember or hold (an idea, belief, etc.) in a deeply felt way


May I always cherish these fond memories.

  • She fondly remembered that summer evening from so long ago.
    – EllieK
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 16:51

You can also use the terms Sentimental or Nostalgia

Nostalgia - http://www.dictionary.com/browse/nostalgia a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.


Sentimental - http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sentimental expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia

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