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>Gratitude Monday

June 14, 2010

I love the way photographs force you to stop and focus on a single moment.
Capturing an instant, and saving it, savoring.

It wasn’t that it was a perfectly-behaved day. But already the tantrums and bickering are fading from my memory. What I do remember, clear and sharp, is the joy on their faces. The blue, shivering grins. Wrinkled fingers and toes. They are braver than I – that water is cold.

They never wanted to leave.

It wasn’t a perfect day. But this picture -this is what I will remember.

We’re having a lot of those this week – imperfectly joyful summer adventures.

Yesterday we took Scooby to Great America for his 7th birthday celebration. He brought his best buddy J. They have been friends since they were toddlers in the Infant Care room. The teachers nick-named them “Double Trouble.” Only 3 months apart in age, they would often show up to school in matching outfits – purely by coincidence – overalls with different color striped shirts underneath. Seven years later, they still get along, and get into trouble, so very well. Laid back and easy-going is J, a perfect sidekick for my spirited Scooby.

They had a great day. Not perfect. But what I will remember is the sheer joy on their faces as they rode their very first “real” rollercoaster. That was perfect.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2010 8:02 pm

    >Goosebumps. LOVED the sentimet you captured with this. And the lesson I took way is to remember "the moments" not the getting there. Bless you Adelle!

  2. June 14, 2010 9:45 pm

    >Great picture and I love the new phrase you have coined – "imperfectly joyful"! You have come a long way, dear one, and are helping the rest of us get there too!

  3. June 16, 2010 1:12 am

    >Love that picture! That smile on your little guy's face is priceless!

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