Thursday, November 19, 2009

Big Everyday Moments

It's that time again, Mama Kat's Writing Workshop!

This weeks prompts:

  1. A Thanksgiving to be remembered...
  2. Describe the most destructive thing your pet has done.
  3. Describe in 1000 words or less a time when something happened and you knew that life would never be the same.
  4. Share a diary entry from when you were 13...feel free to make one up!
  5. Describe a moment you felt embarrassed by your parents.

I wrote about #2 briefly here so it would kind of be cheating to rehash that little ditty, Although it was the most destructive thing a pet of mine has ever done.

My parents have embarrassed me so many times, continuously, too this's too painful to go there....even if Mama Kat likes posts that make people cry.

I will choose 3 and see if I can keep it to 1000 words or less.Or get through it at all. It's yet another gray and rainy day in Chicagoland and I am really lacking the motivation to do much more than sit around and eat my kids Halloween candy.

Life changing moments happen all the time. That's the joy of living. Every moment of every day has the chance to change something, someone maybe forever.

Meeting your college roommate. The one you thought was a dork, that you had nothing in common with and would never be friends with. She is now your best friend, daughter's God mother and confidant.

Being alone and feeling like you had missed the “one”. Dragging yourself to a New Years party so you weren't lame and meeting your husband. The one. The one you had meet 3 times before. The one who was too busy with someone else the last time you meet to pay attention to you. The one that 72 hours later you knew you would someday marry.

Getting married.

The day I learned I was pregnant with my first, my second.

My children's birth.

My move to suburbia.

All of these things affected and changed me and life was never the same.

The daily moments that test your faith, resolve, patience and love.

Those moments are easily forgotten, easily missed, overlooked and ignored. But those little moments, When you choose to hug the toddler whose just got out of bed for the fifth time instead of yell or rip out all your hair. The moments when you throw schedule, routine and caution to the wind and you take you kids on a spontaneous outing, or pull out the play doh and create. Those little everyday moments become big. They become big moments that shape who you are and what you are made of.

I read this quote in a book I read recently:

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to be served and a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life

-Father Alfred Souza

Its something I've been thinking about a lot lately.


Living the good, the bad, big moments and the little moments.

The everyday moments and all that they can do and change.


Lourie said...

Well said.

The Black Sheep said...

Very well said! You are a wonderful writer!!