Monday, December 08, 2008

Everyday Unwrapped

My friend Emily is celebrating the everyday today. And I want to join her.

Time is a funny thing, it can drag by one minute, and fly the next. The older I get the quicker it seems to fly. I am still in awe that my baby is one year old. Didn't we just tell people we were expecting? How does that happen?

Time is unrelenting. It continues to march forward, even when you ask it ever so politely to stand still.

Time won't stop moving, so I better enjoy the moments. Especially the everyday ones. After all, those are the ones that make up a lifetime.

There are countless moments throughout my day, when I'm looking, that I wish I could bottle up. My brain just isn't reliable enough and camera's don't seem to do them justice. I wish I could bottle:

  • the comical looks - the way he makes his eyes do that!
  • the spontaneous hugs given by little hands without prompting
  • the smells of PJ's laced with maple syrup
  • the singing done when it seems no one is paying attention
  • the funny, funny words that come out of little mouths
  • the building of gigantic snowmen with daddy
  • the spontaneous dance parties
  • the excitement in my little girl's face as she tells me about her day at school
  • the snuggling on the sofa as the entire family watches a favorite show

Once those moments are safely imprisoned in my little bottle, I could pull them out and relive them whenever I wanted. Just like the first time.

But, I can't do that. So I try to memorize them in my mind's eye. I try to take pictures. I try to write down the memories. I try to really live the moments so they stick somehow...

That is I try to live the moments when I remember how fleeting they are. Too often, I am too busy to notice. Or too tired. Sometimes I notice, but choose not to join in and live the moment.

Honestly, today it feels hard to unwrap the everyday. It feels hard to create (or even participate) in those moments that make memories. Today I'd rather crawl back in bed and go to sleep.

Which makes this post a good reminder for me. I have been challenged by my friend Emily over the past week (find a few of those posts here and here). I am thankful for the reminder to live in and celebrate the everyday.

And, even though I don't feel like it today, I'm going to try to look for and participate in those everyday moments that make up my life... and celebrate them.


Jami said...

Amen!! I love the moments you shared. :)

I am Mom said...

That is so true - the moments are always and cannot be captured but in our minds and hearts.

Denise K. said...

What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing your heart with us, I loved it!

EEEEMommy said...

How much like Mary you are treasuring these things in your heart. Atta girl purposing to strive to un wrap the everyday when the bed is so inviting!

Anonymous said...

I always wish I could bottle up those moments and pull them out too. Remembering to enjoy and cherish them as they happen is a lot harder than it should be.

emily freeman said...

I love these moments, Megan. And your writing voice is so easy to listen to. Thank you for participating even when you aren't feeling like it. I can most certainly relate to that, my friend. And the maple syrup PJs are perfect.

MrsHLBjr said...

I love those spontaneous dance moments. Those are my favorite memories, for sure!

Thanks for sharing. :)

*Just Jen* said...

I love your post! And I love the songs they sing when they think nobody is listening. Happy Holidays!