This past weekend may have been my most productive weekend ever.
No, I didn’t clean the garage or read a book.
The car still needs washing, and I didn’t make it to the gym.
I spent the entire weekend working on something far more important than anything currently on my to-do list.
I made memories.
An older gentleman showed me a picture on his phone this past week.
He pointed to a man with a mustache on the right side of the picture, standing in front of a fire station.
“That was my dad” he said.
He had found the picture in a local business. He said it took some time to figure out how to work his camera, but he didn’t leave until he had snapped the picture.
“He died when I was 9” he continued. “Don’t ever take for granted the time you have with your children.”
With that, he left. But his words stayed with me.
Friday after work, Beth and I managed to get away for a date night. We discussed everything we needed to get done the following day.
It was a bit overwhelming.
As the Saturday morning sun shone through our window, my first thought was the old man and his picture.
The second was, “Mhmmm, that smells like pancakes!”
Lucky for me it was, and the rest of the day was just as amazing as my wife’s chocolate chip pancakes.
Our family wrestled on the floor, drove around in the rain, watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original), and ate way t0o many Skittles!
At the end of the day our 4-year-old son looked me in the eye and said, “Thank you for having fun with me today Daddy.”
We often take for granted the time we have with those close to us until they aren’t there.
Every day we have with our children is a gift. A gift that we can leave to them as memories.
I hope to be around to talk about those memories with my children’s children, but we aren’t promised tomorrow.
I do have now though. I can make the memories now, and that is what is important.
How I am remembered is up to me.
How you are remembered is up to you.
I plan on being around for a long time, but if not, at least they will have the memories we have and are still making.
Here’s to many more productive weekends to come.
How about you? Have you made any special memories with your family lately?