For Anna…

Tomorrow, my baby, the youngest of my five children will turn twenty-one years old. As I reflect on this, the overwhelming question running through my mind is “How did this happen?”. The years seems to fly by much too quickly for my liking.

I feel as if twenty-one years ago, the doctor placed a beautiful baby girl in my arms and then promptly hit the fast forward button. So now, on the eve of her twenty-first birthday, I am desperately trying to find that remote. I am wanting to hit rewind, pause or at the very least, turn off the fast forward.

Unfortunately, this remote does not exist. The only rewind feature exists in my memories, the only pause button in my photographs. I can, however, turn off the fast forward feature from time to time by making a greater effort to live in and enjoy the moment.

It seems like everyone and everything in the world today is moving too fast. Sometimes, it is difficult to slow down enough to enjoy it. If we don’t make the effort to live in and enjoy the moment, the moments will pass us by with little or no memories attached to them.

I thought about this as I enjoyed the beautiful sunrises this week on my way to work. I marveled at how quickly they were over. One minute the sky was beautiful and breathtaking, filled with hues of orange, purple and pink. The next minute the sun was bright white and the colors were gone. I thought how quickly that moment passed and how easy it would be to have missed it. I wondered how many of my fellow commuters even noticed it’s beauty.

So, as I rewind through the memories of the last twenty-one years and pause to enjoy the photographs, I am going to make a greater effort to try to turn off the fast forward and live in the moment. I am going to try to slow down and make new memories to cherish in the years to come.

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2 Responses to For Anna…

  1. Deborah says:

    Happy Birthday Anna!


  2. Palak says:

    While “life” demands our attention.. it is often hard to “pause” and enjoy the moments for too long..

    A true sense of what really matters in life will be your greatest “asset” against the “adversary” known as time..

    While we all DO have time to “stop the clock” on life for a few time-outs from time-to-time.. we need to learn WHEN to call those time-outs to best suit the meaning of life..

    Is it better to pause to see the beauty of life during the sunrise/sunset? or during the hustle of rush hour traffic?.. while the pause during traffic may seem like the opportune time.. nerves may seem highest and life the most tense…. the “better view” in my opinion is the moment that is rarest..

    Case in point.. The day of my wedding.. while remembering EVERY second of the event is almost impossible with all that happened.. there were a select few points that stood out to me.. I made them moments I made sure to “pause” life because they were moments that I saw as “rare”.. while many may have seen the ceremony and the moment was a once in a lifetime ordeal.. it’s remembered by all who were there.. whereas, the crossing of the threshold with her in my arms, the drive to the reception hall, or the final goodbye the night before.. all moments known only to 2 people.. these are the quiet, personal moments, that I feel will make the most of life..

    My advice Mom.. with Annabelle’s wedding approaching at an ever faster pace… learn to pause at the moments where its rarest.. step back and take it all in when life is just you and her.. make life personal ^_^


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