This is it: the final April day that I’ll have all three of my girls living here at home with me. I could feel the tears rising, and must admit to becoming a bit verklempt.
It wasn’t the first time. I tend to feel that way many times — like I want to capture a moment and truly remember it. Remember how great it feels to have your child hug you and give you a hand-made gift. How wonderful it is to help your kids achieve something truly meaningful to them.
Those moments don’t always involve the kids. I remember standing on the Marienbrücke, looking across the gorge to Neuschwanstein, wishing intensely that I could remember this exact moment, in all of its beauty, forever.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom — Psalm 90:12
The big moments come and go, but really, so much of life is the small moments. They have their own wonder, too.
Just this week, I was having some start-the-lesson chit chat with a second grade piano student. She was talking about our stuffed animal piano studio mascot, who had gone home with her that week.
“Maybe Melody came alive while you were sleeping and had such a good time in your house,” I said, with a conspiratorial raise of an eyebrow.
“I know! I think about that all the time!” she said, full of enthusiasm. Her pieces for the day weren’t played all that well, but that’s okay. For me, that little exchange made the whole 30 minutes worthwhile.
Because we are all here for a brief time. Good moments, heart-tugging moments, come and go, but we are all here.
Imagine all the people who have lived on this planet and moved on. They are gone, but we are here. We are here! It is amazing and wonderful to contemplate.
No matter what hard situations you face, today is the best time of your life (go ahead and listen; I love this song!).
It’s the big things, it’s the little things — it’s all those things.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it — Psalm 118:24