By Barbara Moran, Web reprint
Our small moments can be our children's biggest moments.
As parents, we may feel pressure to compete with the high-tech variety of activities,
computers and videos for our children's brain space. It's easy to discount the gift of our time, no matter how brief or uncomplicated.
Think back to childhood.
The first time I saw a gold finch bird, I was about three. In the woods near our town's old boathouse, my mom suddenly whispered, "Look!-In that tree. See the yellow bird?" That small moment for her was one of my childhood's biggest moments. Though she had seen many gold finches, I had never seen a wild yellow bird before. The world was a beautiful, amazing place. That moment evolved into a memory.
The gold finch remains my favorite bird. I told the story to my son, who now takes charge of keeping our feeder filled with sunflower seeds. We await "our" migrating gold finches (and later, their young) each spring.
Think back to those who shared "small moments" with you. Chances are if you
mentioned it to them, their memories would go blank. But you remember how they shared moments of knowledge or kindness, and in so doing, shared a part of themselves with you.
Let us never underestimate how the genuine gift of our time, no matter how much or
little, is part of our legacy to our children. It is how we make deposits into their memory
I don't remember if that walk with my mom took an hour or five minutes. I just
remember her excitement. And her smile.
And that's enough for me.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. Used under CC-SA license.