As I get older, I’ve found that I’m more aware of the passing of time and the memories that will be important to me. There are some obvious events I’ll always remember like the day I got married or the day Graham was born, but then there are those memories that are of nothing “special” that will stick with me forever too.
I know I’ll always remember walking in to Graham’s room and seeing him sitting in his chair “reading” his books so intently. I’ll always remember how he bends his arms like a T-Rex when he runs and how he wants to sit in everyone’s lap (including our dog). I’ll always remember how he calls Elmo “Memo”.
Earlier this week there was a moment that was fairly ordinary in our house: Graham was inventing a new “game” and I had to figure out how to play it. He would go to the edge of the carpet in our living room, I opened my mouth (feigning shock at what I knew he was about to do) and “screamed” as he ran (full force) into me and giggled. Then he turned around and did it again (at least 30 times… I’m not exaggerating).
Here’s a video I captured in the moment.
There’s really nothing significant about this moment, but for some reason I found myself thinking that it would be one I remember forever. The only explanation I have for knowing I’ll remember is that there was just so much joy. It was one of the simplest memories I’ll have from his childhood and it’s the simplest memories that are often the best.
What are your favorite “simple” memories with your kids? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!