First, the invitation. Anticipating the day’s arrival because we knew that we would be surrounded by a great crowd of friends whom we consider family. Excited because the children will play in the lake; tubing, slides, rafts, noodles, paddle boats, boats, jet skis, etc. There would be plenty to do; plenty of time to have fun and make memories with our loved ones. It’s the 4th of July. The lawn is active with chatter. The background sounds echo with the children’s clatter. The roar of the motors on the water. It is a day of celebration. A day of remembrance. A day when relationships matter.
Capturing moments full of life with the camera; I take note; I’m capturing the crux of the day. Relationships. Set on the backdrop of a holiday lies not the sparkle of the fireworks, but the sparkle in our relationships. As I look around, I’m grateful. Grateful for the myriad of ages sewn together with a holiday thread in this pocket of the world on the lake. Grateful that I got to spend time; quality time with those that I love. Grateful.
Like a flame to the firework; relationships require a flame to be ignited; to truly sparkle. It means taking the time out of a harried life to sow into what really matters in the end; people. When we look back at the day, it’s not the things that were done, but the people we shared our day with that means the most.
Spend the time by igniting the loved ones around you. Put the sparkle back into your relationships.