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When Moments Matter

September 19, 2010

I realized today that I’ve been very poor at chronicling the great moments in my life and those of my family. I’m always so entrenched in the DOing part instead of, as the gurus say, focusing on the Human BEing part of my life. Having listened to the audio book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci last week and being reminded to focus more on the sensory elements around me so to be more “aware”, it was exactly that focus which led to this lack-of-chronicling observation.

Even though Jason’s tournament game was cancelled this morning, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, so we drove in to downtown Chicago to check out the usual sites. We’ve visited Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute and all the great museums in past years, and generally speaking, Jason isn’t much for those type of activities, so we just walked around Grant Park, Millenium Park and Michigan Ave. Seeing so many families doing the same as Jason and I just struck me and made me realize that the few pictures I was taking just doesn’t compare to the number of pictures my wife does in these situations.

How hard is it really to stop, get the camera out and take a quick pic of the unique item I see? or a short 10 second video of the wonderful surroundings? My Blackberry has the capability, so… use it!

Then, later on our way to Jason’s final game, we saw a 1957 Chevrolet Belair — black, silver trim, custom wheels… nice! — and I reminded Jason how that’s my dream car. He asked what year was the one I had as a kid (a ’62 Belair willed to me from a friend of my father’s when I was just 13 — later sold for $100 in ’86 on the day of my Senior Prom!!!) and I was reminded that I don’t even have a picture of that car to show my kids! I’ve told them about it soooo many times, I know they’re tired of hearing about it. Since I don’t have a picture, I guess it’s my brain’s way of ensuring I don’t forget, which is ultimately why I need to get better at chronicling the great things happening in my life. Lord knows I forget enough as it is!!!

So, one thing that I must chronicle tonight is that it was so great spending time with Jason this weekend, watching him play and just enjoying be a parent. No coaching, no coordinating other parents or players, and no having to juggle multiple schedules. That’s not to say I didn’t feel a little anxious not doing those things, but I’m certain Jason also enjoyed having his dad on the sideline.

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