When children are little, some things feel like they take forever. Toilet training is a good example. That always feels like a long haul, even though it’s only a blip on the radar screen of our lives together.
Then, at around seven or eight, just as the kids get a little independent, it starts to feel as if they grow at warp speed. You start to find yourself grasping at little things — a favorite drawing, photo, or even a writing assignment — hoping that those small things will help you capture and hold onto a moment in time.
Personally, I try to capture mental snapshots. I hope to get all the colors, smells and sounds just right and fixed in my memory banks, so that years later I will still be able to savor the experience.
Nonetheless, these moments we share are fleeting and ephemeral. Life keeps on moving…whether we want it to or not. Children grow up and change. They will eventually move away from home and begin families of their own. The only constant in this equation is the bonds of love we share.
Today, our celebrations were blessed and enriched by the presence of Chloé’s uncle, who recently moved in with us. What a gift for all of us to be able to spend time with Patrice’s younger brother, get to know him better, and create even more family memories by expanding our little circle.
Today, we honored Chloé’s special day with a few of her favorite things. We shared a Grand Marnier ice cream cake, a homemade card, some “Poulet Tomas,” and a few recipes for some of the French treats Chloé loves. It was a dreamy day with our precious daughter. I tried hard to create a vivid snapshot for the memory banks before this period, too, is relegated to the annals of our family history.