I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers for creating this supportive community.
I sat at the computer wondering what I could use as my slice today. I usually pick out some small detail from my life that I normally don’t think much about, and try to find the significance in it. That’s one of the things I love about SOL – it presents life through a different lens. But nothing was coming to me. Then I remembered the family in the restaurant at breakfast this morning. What was it about them that made me take notice, to remember? And I found my slice.
Allan and I were at one of our favorite places for breakfast this morning. There was a family of four at the table next to us. The children, a boy and a girl, were about the same number of years apart as are my children. I watched them, the little girl in her high chair feeding herself bits of cut-up pancake, the little boy using the jelly packets as building blocks.
I looked at Allan and we both just smiled. I’m sure we were thinking the same thing – that could have been us many years ago. Back then, our conversation might have revolved around our schedules for the week or what summer activities we were planning with the kids. Actually, as I think about it, the conversation wasn’t all that different this morning. We talked about places in the area we wanted to visit on day trips and our upcoming weekend of babysitting our grandson, Alex.
And we talked about the future, since life has a habit of repeating itself. Our second grandchild is due to be born in the fall. We just found out it will be a sister for Alex. Perhaps I was thinking of my son’s family, too, this morning. Past, present, and future.
I have a lot to be thankful for.