Monday, January 18, 2016

Stolen moments

Mary Sullivan

Last week, I ran into my daughter while taking care of an unavoidable errand. It wasn't planned and both of us were surprised and happy to see each other!

Over the holidays, we were fortunate to have been able to spend a number of wonderful days together. Most often, we are rushed, each busy with our respective careers. In January, so far, we hadn't had the opportunity to do more than share a bit of texting and a couple of emails.

I had just finished my errand when we met and was rushing back home to meet a writing deadline. She was on her way to work, so we had only twenty minutes or so to touch bases, but boy, did those twenty minutes brighten my day!

That small moment in time was a gift.

I had a lovely phone conversation with a friend yesterday who told a similar story. The day before, Saturday, she and her grown daughter, who is in her final year in university, were supposed to get all kinds of things done, including plenty of tasks around the house.

Instead, they ended up sitting and talking all day long…for hours. My friend said it was one of the best days she has had in a long time. Her daughter is, understandably, busy at school and my friend is very stressed at work. In the end, she didn't care about the things they were supposed to have been done...the house that didn't get cleaned or the dinner that didn't get made, because she'd had this wonderful, peaceful, calm day with someone near and dear to her. They ordered pizza for dinner and no one complained.

I love these stolen moments, when priorities shift, or the most important things in life are recognized, no matter how briefly.

What was the last time you experienced a moment of unexpected grace, or received a pleasant surprise, or ran into a friend you haven't seen in ages?


JanetLee said...

I work in the Special Care Nursery with preemies and other babies who stay with us for days to even months. I always seem to run into their moms in Target. It's fun to see the babies growing and happy. Just a few weeks ago, a mom recognized me in the grocery store. I'd cared for her twins who were now two years old.

dstoutholcomb said...

I always run into friends I haven't seen for a while at Target.

mary sullivan said...

Janet Lee, I love this! How wonderful to run into parents after the children have moved out of your care. It must be so gratifying to see them healthy and thriving when they started their lives in such a difficult state.

Thank you for sharing :-)

mary sullivan said...

dstoutholcomb, it's always fun to run into friends, especially if you haven't seen them in a while. It always brightens my day and I walk away in a better mood!

Unknown said...

About a month or so ago I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in years in a shoe store and we couldn't stop talking!! It was so great catching up. I finally had to let her go or she would be late getting her kids from school. If made my day. ( :

Knowledge Fire said...

I photographed a fundraising conference here recently. What a wonderful place for photos. I almost always hate being anywhere at 6am, but this breakfast event proved an exception. The manger and his staff from LA event venues were extremely professional.

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