by SwimGirl October 2, 2012
This week’s photo challenge is Mine. Is there a place, object, or view that’s entirely yours, or you’re a bit selfish or possessive about? Is it a feeling you feel when you look at the photo, or perhaps an unwillingness to share?
Not very often but every once in a while I will take a step back and really look at the big picture. Life happens quite often so at many times I am consumed in just that, life. Yet, recently on a very hot, humid sunny August evening, I ventured out with the boys after work to the beach. I came home and thought, the heck with routine, let’s do something different.
Of course it added to the not so blissful bedtime routine afterwards. But during the moment, there at the beach, all was forgotten. I was sitting there on my blanket watching them being boys. Throwing rocks into the water, splashing, laughing, running, jumping and waiting for the perfect wave to crash over them.
Then there was a moment of stillness where they all stood up, grabbed hands and looked out into the water. Were they watching a boat, the sun slowly setting or looking out into the great beyond? I was trying to get a hold as to what caught their attention so as that their child play would come to a temporary halt.
Suddenly, nothing else mattered. There I was watching them and thinking, they really are mine. My three little boys. My sons who I brought into this world. They came from me. They are a part of me forever and I of them. They will only be this small for a short while. Every day, each minute we are moving forward. But that night, for a very brief moment, we all looked into the same direction and time seemed to stand still. Soon the time will come and they will spread their wings and fly. But right then, they were my little boys. And no matter where they go from here, they will always be, forever mine.