Do you remember the feeling when you were young of swinging? There were several different stages, and all of them were fun. This photo represents the first stage, where someone, typically a parent or in my case, a grandparent is providing the power. They are yelling, "higher grandpa, higher" and you carefully add a little more "umph" to the next push. That's followed by giggling and possibly even squeals of delight from them and you! Testing out a new Tamron zoom lens gave me a great photo and some greater memories
While reviewing my images from the test shots, I saw this and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I started thinking about my own time as a kid. I can vividly remember many, many visits to Cambridge City Park and the swingsets there. We would get them going so high, it was a little scary. I remember the hesitation at the top of each arch as you would stop traveling in one direction and start back the opposite way. I remember thinking how cool it would be to experience weightlessness. Hovering, suspended above the ground, looking down...and it all happened in a fraction of a second. Isn't funny how these memories come flooding back? So real and vivid, you might even remember the smell of fresh cut grass while you were there.
I've been talking to my bride about the memories we are making with our grandkids now. I don't ever remember running into my grandparents bedroom to wake them in the morning. But our grandkids will! They will remember us pulling them into the bed and asking them how they slept and if they were ready to get some breakfast. We are conciously talking about the memories we will make with them. The things they will remember if the Lord tarries his return. These are the stories they will share with each other and their children. We are too busy when we can't take time at the beginning or end of the day to spend it with them. It's hard, I know, and it takes some doing, but it will be worth it all as we "make memories" with them.
A common phrase you hear a lot is, "at the end of the day..." Well, at the end of the day, this was very important and I feel blessed to have had this time with all of them.