• Heidi J. Smith

Savoring Sweet Moments

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

My Dad

Since I was visiting from out of town, my dad said, “Let’s go out to eat, my treat.” We jumped in the van, dodged the rain, and ducked into the hamburger shop. The smells of fried chicken, grilled hamburgers, and french fries welcomed us. We studied the menu while we patiently waited in line behind the giggling children and tired parents.

After we ordered, my dad reached for his wallet, and I noticed it. His shaking hands pulled on the gift card, but it stuck. He fumbled and finally gave it to me to handle.

Then we filled our cups with water and iced tea, but he couldn’t secure the lid. Embarrassed he lowered his head and whispered, “I’m falling apart. Could you please help me?”

My heart melted. Mom had only been gone nine months, and dad seemed lost. Older.

Where did the time go? As I look in the mirror, my face too shows wrinkles and gray hair peeking out.

Gratitude flooded me as I thanked the Lord for this time with my dad.

Life goes quickly. Are we cherishing the time we have with our loved ones?

What are ways you capture those special moments?

(I wrote this a few months ago after visiting my dad.)


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Heidi J. Smith