A few weeks ago, as I sat in the choir loft at church, I looked down at the two children who were listening to the children’s sermon. It was my eight year old daughter and her 18 month old cousin. They were sitting on the front pew and little Ella was listening as intently as I have ever seen her. Even the Pastor mentioned how she appeared to be taking it all in. When it was time for the prayer, my daughter put her arms around Ella and took her hands in her own to show her how to fold her hands in prayer. They were both dressed in black and white and it looked like they were posing for a picture to be used as an advertisement for a church or something. It was a perfect scene and I so wished I had had my camera to take a picture. I took a moment for prayer myself. I prayed that God would allow me to take a snapshot with my mind of that very moment so that I could always remember these two little girls, their innocence, their sincerity. I looked at them with intent and clicked a button in my mind.
This wasn’t the first snapshot that I’ve taken without a camera in my hand. I remember another occasion where my older daughters were playing in the sandbox. They were probably 5 and 3 and they were just chattering and playing nicely. I remember looking at them through my kitchen window while doing lunch dishes and wanting to remember that moment forever. When would it ever be like this again? They were both wearing pink and they were smiling and giggling as they dug. I took the picture for my memory. Years later, when my oldest daughter returned from college for a weekend, I looked out the kitchen window and saw them sitting in the sand box. The sun was shining and their long, lanky legs were bent, they really didn’t fit in the box, but were seated on the edge. They weren’t giggling, they were talking very seriously while they watched sand trickle out of their hands. Again, click, Lord let me remember this moment. My daughters, still friends, still in the sandbox.
Today I drove to the end of the lane to get my youngest on the school bus. With a cup of tea in hand, I sit in the car and watch her board Bus #13 every day. Our routine. I watch her greet the driver, walk back the aisle to the 4th seat on the right, she slides in and she looks out the dirty window and waves as the bus pulls away. Click. Lord, let me remember this moment.