It happened today. My brain slowed from its normal “I need to do this or I forgot to complete that” and allowed me a few moments to breathe. In these moments, I quietly sat at our neighborhood pool, and watched the world stir around me.
I watched the magic of the teenage years walk to and fro in packs, I watched Dads playfully toss their toddlers in the air to hear that gleeful giggle that all parents know…I watched the Moms tug at their suits, trying to cover the few extra curves some of us know well…I watched blissfully happy children bustle in and out of the water.
In my invisible moments I was thankful to have a place that reminded me of days gone by…of the evenings playing hide and seek with friends and catching fireflies in mason jars. So many times I have thought our kids just don’t have those experiences anymore; that we have created such busy lives for them and for us that they just don’t exist. But they do…the moments are here, now, all around me.
Like the times in my memories, the children created new games so one more could play…there was an inherent safety because we all are keepers in this space….and there is the sound of happiness everywhere.
In this moment, I’m smiling….glad that the universe forced my pause and allowed me time to be invisible so I could feel especially thankful for the good that is a part of friendship and family.