There are moments in our lives that infiltrate our beings in such beautiful ways that your heart could almost break, and sometimes tears flow from absolute joy. When my children were very young I always sang to them, and it was almost always, “You are My Sunshine.” They never cared that I was off-key and couldn’t sing a note to any remotely proper musical place! They would just listen and smile. A parent doesn’t truly know if these moments are absorbed by their children, but once in a while they remind you that there are pockets of their hearts in which they carry you.
My daughter, now grown and a visual clone of me, is married and has two beautiful daughters. Though she lives in another state, I try to see her as often as possible. I soak in each moment, hugging her, adoring her children, and talking with her sweet husband who always makes me feel welcome. Leaving is the most difficult part. The girls hang on me, and my daughter says, “Oh Mom, do you have to leave?” I do so with a heavy heart surrounded in precious moments to ponder till our next visit.
When I arrived home from a visit with them last week, there were five text messages from my daughter. “Mom r u home yet?” “Girls miss u.” “Mom I’m worried. r u home?” “Wish we cld have more time together. I’m feeling sad.” I sent text responses to each after my two hour drive through snow and rain. The last message she sent me was the video I am sharing with you. Yes I am sappy! But I have found that in life it is never the grandiose things that matter. It is the precious moments, like my daughter singing to her youngest child and sharing it with me, knowing the feelings it would evoke. I am still savoring and my heart is overflowing. Till the next time, this will carry me. Never put your children on a fast-forward button!
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