Katie 2007

I was talking on the phone with my daughter last night. We were discussing arrangements for her wedding next year as I was flipping through some pictures to put in an album. All seemed normal until I absentmindedly turned over a photo of Lauren that was taken shortly after her birth 24 years ago. At that moment I entered Bizarro World.

Suddenly, instead of conversing with a young woman commuting home from work I was speaking to an infant in a diaper. I had been asking her about wedding dresses but I immediately lost my train of thought. I just stared at the picture. “I can’t really be having this conversation. She was just born…And wait a minute, didn’t I just get married? Wasn’t I just her age? Wasn’t I just 20? 10? 4?”

Lauren was 3 only yesterday, like our neighbor, Katie, above. So was I.

There is that small child in each of us. She never leaves. I know that I will be 60, 70, 80 and beyond and part of me will always identify with the curious little girl at the edge of the water. Come grandchildren, great-grandchildren — the soul doesn’t age.

Lauren realized that she was talking to herself and brought me back to the subject of wedding dresses. It still seems surreal that my 1 hour old baby is getting married.

5 Responses to "Timeless"

  1. Jamie

    May 15, 2008

    It’s amazing how photographs can be time travel devices!

    I so agree about that small child dwelling in us. One of my favourite things about going to see my mom sing in a choir is that I would look at all those mostly grey-haired people singing their hearts out and see them when they were 10. What a joy.

  2. sunny

    May 15, 2008

    I think that’s wonderful. Make sure that your mom and you go to see the movie “Young at Heart” when it comes round!

  3. Val

    May 21, 2008

    Sunny…Wait until you see Lauren for the first time in her wedding dress on her wedding day… baby, daughter, beautiful woman… all in one… you’ll cry… but your heart will be smiling!!

  4. sunny

    May 21, 2008

    Val, I saw your heart smile every time. Thanks. 🙂

  5. colleen

    May 26, 2008

    I feel the same way watching my youngest son be a dad and after attending a high school graduation yesterday because I remember mine like it was today.

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