Happy Monday, Everyone! Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d share something that caused me to catalog and count my blessings last week. There’s a question I like to ask people sometimes when conversations wane and quiet moments come along. The answer not only reveals much about the person, but much about human nature. It is, I think, one of the great mysteries of life that our golden hours are not always the ones we expect. So often, in fact, we find them in hindsight and only then realize that something wonderful, a singular moment of magic, has come and gone.
Last week I posed the question on Facebook, “If you could go back in time and step into any photograph in your house, which one would it be?” I you might enjoy reading the answers.
Leah: The last pic of my mom before her passing.
Jim: the birth of our children .
Jolina Petersheim: My wedding day, so I could put those jitters aside and know I’m marrying the sweetest guy in the world.
Jayne: When my husband showed my daughter to my two little boys. The love and caring on their faces was priceless!
Cheryle: The picture of my deceased son David’s first Christmas as a Touchton. He was 7 and as i snapped the sweet picture, he had the most baffled look on his face as he gazed at the room full of toys. We didn’t know it but he had never had a real Christmas. I would smother him with the kisses of a Mama who knew she wouldn’t have enough Christmases with him. Savor the moments.
Vannetta Chapman: GREAT question. We have an oil painting of a cobbler, and his wife is sitting there at the table with him. I coudl write a book about that painting. Hmmm … maybe I will.
Karen: The one I am taking of my Grandmom on our back porch. It is a summer day and she’s wearing her maroon & tiny white polka dot dress. Being the youngest in my family I spent the most time at home with her (she lived with us). In the summer I would just be playing etc., but this day I took a pic of her. Most likely she was just on the porch after hanging out the wash on the line or after being in the garden. I can still feel the sun on my face taking that photo. (PS. She was always asking me why I want to take her photo, LOL). I love this photo of her on just a regular summer day ! Grandmom was always there and I just loved that. Miss that dearly, but have happy memories of all our little adventures together. Ok, time to stop the tears. I’m at work .
Liberty: When my husband and FIL were fishing on a river in the Rockies… it was a perfect summer day, and I loved photographing the area, and hopping from rock to rock with just my camera. Have two kids now, so being that carefree won’t be happening anytime soon.
Gretchen: The black and white photo of my husband in a hammock swing in Antibes, France. It was July 4, the day after our 5th anniversary. The expression on his face is pure relaxation, and it was perhaps the best day of my life. On vacation in paradise, perfect weather, amazing food. I was pregnant with our son, so one of the last times as the two of us, yet knowing we’d be blessed with children.
Lauralou: The oldest vintage snapshot I have is a group of people posed in a studio, but with a picnic basket and dressed for an outing. I have never been able to identify these long lost relatives. I want their stories and facts about the other relatives living at that time. If I could just chat with them a few minutes and get to know them it would be amazing.
Mary: This one of my grandmother ( the one without the hat) and her unknown friend. I never knew her but was named after her.
Linda: Years ago, Don and I were on a trip down the coast of N/S Carolina. We popped up over a hill and there was the most beautiful view of the ocean meeting the shore and no one was there. I had Don stop on the shoulder, I stepped out and snapped it. Had it enlarged and framed with a lovely pastel blue frame. It is so serene and Peaceful…like a hidden haven.
Virginia: When my kids were small and mom and dad were still here.
Deanna: A photo of my great grand parents, with their parents and children. Not too sure which one is my granddaddy of the children in the picture.
Sandy: My Grandpa Jackson and I at the park, when he was visiting from Mississippi. I was about 3 yrs. old.
Janet: My angel daughters graduation picture. Maybe I could’ve changed things for her and she would still be with us.
Robyn: We have a picture that was taken at Christmas It was Mama’s & Dad’s turn to host the festivities .We had so many Aunts, Uncles & cousins running around .Dad took a picture .The front yard was full of Walkers .Everyone was happy & in good health .To see my mother & father again at Christmas would be wonderful .I’ m getting misty eyed.
Cece: my sister and I are in a picture at the Stockyards-I was hot ! haha We were up to no good, I am sure but I have fond memories of that weekend.
Ann: Any of them where my dad is still alive and mama and daddy had their minds still.
Martha: The ones with my son and my grandchildren.They grow up TOO fast. It is SO important to preserve that priceless moment on film! And, OHHH, those memories when I look at those pictures!
Cindy: Our wedding picture, and relive that day.
Bonnie: One that contained my grandparents, both now gone.
Mary: Aside from a few happy Christmas moments with my children, My profile pic with my horse Babe would be my pic. The best days of my single life, free, beautiful, had the world at my finger tips. Stress was minimal and everything was Glorious!
Lisa Wingate: I think this would be mine — a surprise outing for my birthday and the discovery of the old swimming hole on a clear-water hill country creek. Campfire, discoveries, little boy wonders. Spring in the hill country. Wildflowers blooming thick as and bright as a Navajo rug. Such a beautiful day. A perfect day. The best part is, I knew it while it was happening.
Angie: My first trip to see my grandma after 15 years of being an agoraphobic .
Becky: Too numerous to mention because we don’t do photo albums. We select special photos of family over the years & create collages on every wall in our bedroom so we see them every day!!!! I love this tradition! I wake up seeing my family & I go to sleep seeing my family! Life hardly gets any better than that!!!
Paula: My wedding day it was perfect for us
Gail: A picture of a big, old, 2 story house at the end of a tree covered dirt lane. Lots of trees and a few flowering bushes . Big front porch. Quiet and relaxing. I could be VERY content living there.Oh yeah and a gazebo in the back yard.
Yvonne: Back to first being a mother. But I would want all 3 little at this time. I am more wise now. My priorities are different. Of course I would be younger. I love being a mother.
Barbie: Yellowstone…so awesome!
Julie: First night we spent on our first home (husband and I). The kitty cats must have spent the night tiptoeing across the new carpet, because there were little paw prints across the entire carpet! We laughed at amazement.
Teresa: to be with my grandmother again(she raised me) esp since she passed away over 19 yrs ago.
Cynthia: When I was a young mother and had all 3 little boys around me. Such a blessed time of my life
Shaun: My wedding day. It wasn’t anything spectacular but I will never forget it.
Pauline: I would jump right back into several…I would definitely go back to when my parents were alive and my oldest was an infant, as my mom died when she was all of 9 weeks, and then was only 8 months when dad passed. I was 25, mom 54, and dad, 57. The other photo that comes to mind, is one in which all three of my kids, are sitting upon the family camp (Not finished within, three rooms only, cold water only, outhouse, no shower), porch railing. I delighted in that space, my most favorite space on this earth…
Hope: we have family pics of me my hubby step daughter and her fiance. id love to relive that day. it was fun and special.
Jana: If possible… I would love to go back in time in the picture of my grandmother at TCU 47 years before I was. I think time travel to the past would be awesome!
I hope this gathering of golden moments has been a blessing to you on this week of Thanksgiving and that it reminds you, as it did me, that the golden moments aren’t about the things that so often consume our time — the gaining, and the getting, and the achieving. The golden moments aren’t about things, at all. They’re about people, and relationships, and experiences shared. They’re about peace, and joy, and that which the Bible tells us will matter above all things — love.
May your Thanksiving be filled with love, my friends. And if, after the turkey and the pumpkin pie have come and gone, a bit of quiet time comes along while you’re gathered around the table, don’t wander off to the TV, or the laptop, or the computer game. Pause a moment. Savor. Enjoy. Be present.
Maybe even consider asking that question above, gathering the answers in your family, and savoring the magic of many an ordinary moment in an ordinary day.