Awhile back, I wrote about the importance of backing up your digital photos. As I was going through the process of making sure that all of my photos were adequately backed up (after my hard drive crashed), I came across the photo above. It’s my kids having lunch at Lyndon Lanes back in 2010. Lyndon Lanes was a local bowling alley that my grandmother, Phyllis, cooked at for over 30 years and worked at up until it closed not long after this picture was taken.

I can’t help but smile whenever I see this picture because it reminds me of 5 things:

1) How small my kids were and how big they have gotten. It’s funny how you don’t realize this until you look at pictures.

2) How much I miss going into the bowling alley and having lunch with my grandma. I had been going into the bowling alley since I was a little kid. There are pictures (somewhere) of me sitting on those same spinning bar stools when I was my kids’ ages. In recent years, I tried to go in at least once a month to have lunch with her. The food was unhealthy as heck but I loved it. My grandmother made (and still makes) the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world. I regret that I didn’t go in more often.

3) Sometimes we take the little adventures in life for granted. Sure, we remember the big stuff like our kids’ birthdays, holidays, etc. What about the little moments? I hadn’t thought about this moment in years and this specific memory would have been gone forever had I not come across the picture.

4) How much I love and adore my grandma. She’s a very special lady and I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to spend so much time with her over the years. I’m also very thankful that my kids get to spend quality time with her as well. They call her “Mama” just like I do. Sometimes my kids will argue with me that she’s their Mama. I have to remind them that she was mine first.

5) We need to cherish and spend more time with our families. In the hustle and bustle of life, we sometimes forget what’s important. Our families are the only thing that matters.

I’m committed to spending as much time as possible with my family. I’m also trying to cherish the little moments more so that I don’t forget about them. I don’t want to have any regrets.

What about you? How are you cherishing life’s little moments?

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