Often as my son heads back to school, I am reminded of the "what I learned on my summer vacation" assignment. Since I am always looking for new ways to tell stories and learn lessons from my experiences and the experiences of those around me, I explored the question for myself.
The answer might be a bit surprising, and I am excited to share it with you and to hear your thoughts.
What I learned on my summer vacation is this: maybe the fact that we can't slow down time is not a bad thing.
The speed at which time moves, which seems to feel even faster for parents, as we all can attest, reminds us that these moments are worth preserving, remembering and returning to for glimpses at what was and clues into what is to come.
On our annual trip to Cape Cod, it struck me how much my son has grown over the year since we last visited our favorite place. His observations, insights and interests have changed so much. It made me nostalgic for the moments we have shared - the times when he needed to hold my hand on our hikes, the times before he was able to swim on his own. At the same time, I felt proud to share this life with him, proud of who he is and who he is becoming.
I can picture him now bringing his own family here, telling me stories and making me laugh, as he has always done so brilliantly.
This is why, for me, documenting moments so that we are able to return to those stories, those jokes, those moving images of our lives up to this point is such a unique and beautiful gift. All of those moments have led us to the here and now and they pave the way for the future.
As I celebrate change and look ahead to growth and opportunities for my family, I am all the more grateful to have small, treasured moments in time that I am able to view and to share. I see now so clearly that our story is woven with what was, what is, and what will be, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to leave even one chapter of that story undocumented and uncelebrated.