Friday, July 10, 2009
The first and the last
July 4th was the first time my son has ever really had the opportunity to shoot off fireworks. In his own words it was “freakin’ awesome”.
I personally relish in the firsts and wish there were more. I remember fondly my first car(see picture), first date with Michelle, first day in our house, first day of Conner’s life, first day of school for Conner, and on and on.
This is in contrast to the lasts. We have many of those in life as well. There was the last time I saw my mother before she died of cancer, the last day of high school, the last day of college, the last day I would see a good friend, the last time Conner would play in a park, the last time he would hold my hand in public, and heck the last time I would not have any gray hair and on and on.
The lesson to me is that we must relish the firsts, the lasts, and every moment in between.
I hope you take some time in the next few days just to stop and enjoy the moment. No matter what you may be doing--that moment will never happen again. It is a first and a last indeed.