“Mommy. mommy, show me when I was a baby!” One of our daily discussions around the table at supper time had meandered its way to the birth of my first baby. My husband had been present for the birth and he was describing the sense of wonderment he felt as the baby was pushed out. I was describing how afraid I was to look after the tiny human that was now my responsibly.
Dishes were cleared off the table, and albums were brought out. We looked at the first picture of our baby: the print out given when we went for the first ultra sound, the photos taken after the birth, the cards sent by well-wishers. My girls listened attentively as the memories came out in our words: the memories of the first baby, and then the second. We looked at pictures of baby girls growing up to be toddlers; pictures of baby girls in the bath, eating, at play, outside in the sand, on the laps of all those that love them.
That evening we brought out not only the cherished photos of a time gone by; but also the cherished memories we had in our minds. And while looking at the past, we created another memory that I cherish: a time that we spent together as a family without watching television, or going our separate ways to the computer, the bedroom, the kitchen. I cherish these moments as I know that there will be a time when my children will move towards creating their own cherished moments with their family.
What are some of the cherished memories you have created with your family?
(This post was inspired by the prompt, cherished, suggested by Lisa-Jo Baker.)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013