Do you ever have a moment when something taps you on the shoulder to remind you life is passing by so quickly?
I do….like when my daughter Dempsey leans up against my back, trying to point out that she’s almost taller than me….or my twin nieces who do this too….who now are taller!
And I know we can’t somehow hit the ‘pause’ button on life, but we can at least try and trick the clock…we can freeze it for another day!
But how do we stop time.....with a photograph!
We can’t hit the pause button, but we do have a save button. Save for later….save for a time when we may need some laughter, or tears. Or a time when we need to return to a moment otherwise gone forever…….
And this week I’ve had a few reminders to take more photos…to capture precious moments that can be forgotton. You see Dempsey got a guitar for Xmas. She already plays the French Horn, Trumpet annddd piano, (which she wont play in front of me!). So you can imagine my hesitation when she announced she wanted a guitar. But Xmas morning, in a shiny black padded case, she was gifted one. A good one! One that should last forever.
Xmas morning, I sat on the sofa with my steaming mug of tea, watching her awkwardly hold and strum it. She’s got a long way to go I thought to myself. Even if she will get a few lessons in her music class at school.....
But this week, as I grabbed her bedroom door handle to tell her dinner was ready, I could hear music drifting out from under her door. I stood silent like a stalker and listened. I listened and I smiled!
And I got goosebumps!
Through the door, I could hear her strumming her guitar, in tune, and singing…to Ed Sheeran’s song “Photograph.”
And she was amazing!
My little girl has taught herself to play this song from You Tube! And it sounded beautiful!
I stood silently at her door, scared to move in case she knew I was there.
I stared at the photograph of four year old Dempsey on the wall, and I listened to my baby, playing her guitar and singing. And I felt so lucky to be her Mum!
However, as soon as I opened her door she stopped! And of course, like any teenager, wouldn’t let me take a video, or a photo or play in front of me…..no matter how hard I tried to bribe her.
But the song, ‘Photograph’ and her singing reminded me I need to take more photos.
I need to remember to get out my camera and record these special moments that can take us back. I know I have regrets I didn’t take enough photos of her sister’s four years with us. I only have a limited number of photos…but so many memories locked in my mind that I can’t share with Dempsey about her sister and for that I have guilt.
Baby Dempsey and her big sister Savannah
But going through a storage box from our LA home, I found a locket that was given to Savannah for her birthday. I gave it to Dempsey because she was only one years old when her sister died....and told her I thought her sister would want her to have it!
When I went back to her room later…Dempsey was sitting on her bed, rolling the necklace over and over in her hand as she played on her computer. I didn’t say anything….but I noticed.
And that night as I tucked her into bed, she had put the necklace on. She hasn’t taken it off since!
Dempsey with her Savannah's locket on
And this act of her not taking her sister’s necklace off tells me so many things….it pulls at my heartstrings, it warms my soul but most of all it reminds me that memories and keepsakes are important. They’re essential to cataloguing or recalling moments and things that have meaning….just to us!
So I’m going to make the effort to capture as many photos as I can…for later…for her…for my nieces and nephews.
It will be a return ticket for them… moments to revisit and laugh over…or brag about, or to make fun of….but they’ll have them…memories held, frozen in time….priceless!