In the Moment
Enjoying a magical moment at Cape Lookout, photo by Jeff
I’m forever battling the eternal planner parts of me with the life-is-short parts of me. I’ve been looking for those magical everyday moments all summer and trying to keep my worries about the future (schools, specifically) at bay as much as possible.
Here are some of the moments I’ve found so far: hosting a house full of loved ones, even amidst the chaos of cousins who were fighting one minute and giggling the next; the feeling of sand under my feet and a cool ocean breeze on my face; enjoying the warm, sweet juice from a freshly-picked berry; dancing to country music in the farm field with my husband while our son took photos of us; seeing how much our cucumbers have grown since yesterday; choosing the day’s ice cream flavor; downloading more pictures from my big camera and less from my iPhone; these are but a few of my favorite memories from the summer of 2012 so far.
I have a greeting card on my bulletin board right above my laptop that I’m typing on right now:
Live in the sunshine,
swim the sea,
drink the wild air.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The everyday moment is all we have, really, in the end. Are you healthy right now? Do you have a loved one within reach? Do you have a song that makes you feel alive, a favorite food and a cold beverage on a hot summer day? Hold them all tight and memorize the feeling, because not everyone is so lucky.