The Best Time of Your Life

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 Marienbr├╝cke, 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.

flowering pear tree

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

7 thoughts on “The Best Time of Your Life

  1. Thinking about time, this is something that saddens me when I think about it. It makes me sad to think that my grandchildren never even KNEW or SAW my parents. To them, my folks are just names. It makes me sad that my own children know very little to nothing about the sprawling farmhome where I was literally BORN. I think so much is lost between generations.

  2. I never get over the fact that life flies by so quickly! Our nest is completely empty, but not really – We now have 17 grandchildren that fly back here regularly. Enjoy every moment you can and yes rejoice for the Lord has give you this day! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Beautiful sentiments Susan. I had such a magic moment this very morning while attending the Scholar’s breakfast to honor my oldest daughter and her high school peers. As she was walking back to the table I sent up a prayer of thanks and wished whole-heartedly again that I could freeze time and stay right there for just a little longer.

  4. I love finding the meaning in all the little things, much like you’ve done in this post. I cannot imagine facing the last days of our daughter in our home. I tear up like a crazed woman and she’s just finishing up first grade. Thank you for your thoughts.

  5. It’s so true…that time flies and you need to stop and absorb the moments before they become less and less frequent. I think about that often now that my parents are aging on and on.

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