Today is a day for family gatherings…and big food feasts. In the middle of preparing all that food, take a picture. Stop and take a REAL picture. NOT with your phone – with a camera. Take something that will last forever, and not get deleted when you buy a new phone – or automatically bumped out when you have too many and need to make room for more.
Do something to remember today…because some of the people you are with won’t always be here…and although I don’t want to linger on sad today on this day to rejoice, I do want to remind you that it’s not just about the food…it’s about the people.
Why so nostalgic? Many of you know I lost my own father a few years ago. We lost my dad to ALS…and he actually went very quickly. So quickly we spent the time “involved” in the disease…and never really stepped back to see how it changed him until it was so late. We didn’t have moments that we paused and took pictures…and since, believe it or not, we weren’t a big “family picture” family, we actually now have so few images of my father. And even less images of any of us with HIM. More than anything we’d love to have an image where we are together…and for that, I blame myself for not pushing the issue even more forcibly. I should have done it, but I didn’t.
Now we are looking everywhere for any scrap of a memory of my dad. Any small piece of a video clip, or something with his handwriting, and for pictures. Each one brings back a memory…and records the moments forever for both me, and those that never had a chance to get to know this man…like my new daughter in law.
So take a picture. Take a few. Enjoy the day, and be sure to document it for you AND for the future generations. It really is important.
How do you remember the past? How do you remember yesterday? The images in our minds can’t be shared with others so easily…so take a moment, take a picture. You won’t regret it, I promise.