Sunday, June 08, 2008

Sunday Saying

"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory."
- Susan B. Anthony

Most days I feel like I can't remember anything. I blame my kids, they stole my brain. I always feel so bad that I can't remember the cute little things my kids do every day and I don't write them down often enough, by the time I want to write them down I can't remember them well enough. But I do have some memories that stand out more, and they aren't the holidays or birthdays, just brief moments that I hope to hold on to forever.

One of my sweetest memories of Jason as a baby happened in the middle of the night when he was just a few months old. I had just finished nursing him and he was lying next to me in the dark, I scooted down in bed to put my face close to his and was thinking about how much I loved him, and he suddenly reached up his tiny little hand and held it on my cheek as if to say he loved me too, and held it there a few minutes. Still makes me tear up to think about it.

Another memory is of someone's small kindness to me. I was driving from my family's to our house in Idaho with the boys, alone. Jakey was just a newborn and hated being in his carseat and screamed the whole trip. I stopped about midway to nurse him in a gas station parking stall and felt like crying cuz he just wouldn't stop screaming and I had a huge headache. A nice lady noticed I was nursing and came up to the car and knocked on the window. She offered to go in and get me a drink and see if I needed anything, saying she had traveled alone with kids and knew how stressful it could be. I had a drink already so I said no thank you but thanked her for the offer and cried after she left because she was so nice. Although I can't remember what she looked like I will always remember her showing compassion on someone she didn't even know.

I'm so glad I have a camera to take pictures of other special moments I want to remember, I know I'd forget a lot more if I didn't have pictures to look back on.

What are your thoughts on this quote?


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing those experiences! I often think about the moment when the midwife first placed Rebekah on top of me and she immediately stopped crying and held onto my arm.

Kara said...

Yeah, I remember when my boys were born and I first saw them, wonderful memories :)

Tara said...

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! I was so touched by your nursing story. What a sweet, sweet woman. It was truly uplifting to read that! Thank you for sharing!