Today’s Post It is about being present. A couple of weeks ago my bro and I were having a chat around the water cooler. LOL. We really were. We work together and a couple of times a day we will “meet each other by the water cooler”, code for, double espresso. We were chatting about today’s society and how everyone lives through second hand experiences. Did you see the photo that went viral from the Kentucky Derby? Every single spectator at the event is standing with one arm up, camera phone in hand, recording the race. I would be right there with everyone else. What ever happened to an old fashioned memory? A moment in our life that was felt with every sense, engrained in our memories for a lifetime. I want to go back to that. I’m going to try. Fast forward to yesterday. Will, Mia and I went fishing. I documented every moment. Every fish captured, snapped with my phone. I immediately got on the blower to rapid fire text the images to family and friends that appreciate a good worm dangling photo. And then I snapped this photo. The one you just saw. It moved me. A little bit later I sat down to look at the pictures we had taken and I found myself stopped, dead in my visual tracks. This very picture is what we as a society don’t do anymore. I reveled in this picture as I saw my little boy, still young, phone-less, oh how I dread the day, and he was immersed in this moment. His moment. He taught me something. Here I am the freak show mom obsessing over the dumb phone and making sure this memory is stored forever in some digital abyss, while Will was doing exactly what I am trying to say here on the blog. I know he will never forget the day he caught that fish. I bet he will even remember the heat and the fact that mom didn’t have dad around to take the fish off the hook so she did it herself. I will remember how happy he was. He sure was. A few times throughout the night he looked at me and said, “I’m so happy mom. I’m so glad I caught those fish.” We can learn a lot from our kids. It is possible… to “Be Present.”
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