The Songhua is not a particularly pretty river. Its water is brown, there isn't much natural landscaping nearby, and litter generally borders the edges of it. However, the childhood memories of my parents flow deep within this river. As children, they would swim here with their siblings. Years later as college students, they would have their first date together here. Indeed, their everlasting love for the river persists no matter what condition it is in--truly demonstrating the powers of nostalgia.