Before I left to work early this morning. I happened to flip through Steve Layman’s posts from the night before (a morning ritual). I came across the slogan on the right which he titled “Small Pleasures Add Up.” His post stuck with me all morning.
My daughter spent Easter weekend with us. She was leaving today to go back to school. I had to work today. I had the morning to reflect on her visit as my mind wandered during my meetings – - with Steve’s post lingering as a back drop.
She spent most of the weekend on her favorite couch in the living room. Resting. Chatting. Snacking. Texting.
We’ve all settled in like that comfortable old couch. She’s grown up into a beautiful young woman. Confident. Thoughtful. And, so full of promise. It wasn’t lost on me that there may be few of these cherished moments left before she goes on to make her own life away from Mom and Dad. How many Easter’s would we have left?
She’ll be done with her school year in just over a month. She’d be back home soon. And as I looked over at my calendar, the day was jammed with meetings after the long weekend. I’ll just give her a call from the office and say good-bye.
NO. Not again. I couldn’t miss this opportunity to say goodbye.
I re-arranged my schedule. I left work after lunch to get home. To spend 1 hour with her before she left to catch her train.
She’s gone now.
My eyes well-up as I write this post.
And, I’m trying to think when an hour has meant more to me.
Safe journey Rachel.
Your Dad loves you.