But tonight, while lying side by side on the floor in the late afternoon sun, making Jackson belly laugh by rubbing noses and letting him hug my head with his arms and legs in pure glee, I had almost an out of body experience. I felt my "older mother" coming out, the one that will watch him drive off to college rocking gently back and forth as if I can still bundle him up and keep him safely in my arms. I watched us play the most innocent and loving of games. I watched us enjoy the eye contact that unconditional love can make and roll around in our simple rolls as mother and child. And I said a prayer that I will never, ever, in all my days on this earth, forget this moment and how it feels to make my son happy just by being his mother and being close by.
I do believe we are all blessed with amazing gifts but some of us are also blessed with the ability to appreciate them in the moment, before they are just memories in our hearts. I am so thankful that I have at least some sense of how rich our young lives are and I hope that, even in the hard times that are most assuredly ahead, we will continue to find the joy in the present.
Rachel Garrison of Tamara Lackey Photography, who is by far the most talented artist I have ever known, has a fantastic job. She captures these such moments on film for families to enjoy for lifetimes beyond themselves. She has managed to chronicle our sweet little family's joy in the most unpretentious and honest of images that we treasure dearly. These are the moments we will cherish forever. www.tamaralackey.com/Jackson_
May you have countless moments daily when you can *almost* appreciate how good you've got it.