Sometimes the most wonderful moments are those when we are doing for others, not for ourselves... and we have the opportunity to observe the pure joy and wonderment of them experiencing something special. I find this simply heartwarming.
As many of us watch a parent age and their memories become jumbled and scattered, it is so important to be mindful of where they are and where they have been. We should reflect that as children they did so much just for our benefit.
Now, how grateful I am to have the opportunity to experience some of my most precious moments with my mom these past few years; since the passing of my dad. At Christmas time this past year, she told my husband and I she had NEVER seen Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, and how wonderful that we arranged for her to see it on her TV. This is just one of many many “firsts” my 89-year-old mom is experiencing lately. I could argue with her and demand she acknowledges that she has seen and experienced these things a hundred times, if not more. But instead, I am so blessed to have these firsts with her… like I’m sure as a child she experienced so many firsts with me and witnessed that pure joy and wonderment in my eyes.
Life is truly not measured by the breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away…. Don’t miss them.. take the time and embrace.