What strikes me about this picture is that it captures the intersection of two lifetimes.
It’s a beautiful, if inevitably too brief, overlapping of life’s most precious seasons. These two special girls, one in her spring and the other in her winter, share this fleeting moment in time, and somehow, I’m blessed enough to be here for it.
If the meeting of two lives can truly be captured in one snapshot — one moment frozen in time — it will always look like this for me. My granny and my little girl, looking out the kitchen window. Laughing together and loving each other.
Inside this little kitchen is where so many of the best memories were made.
It’s where gentle but practiced hands cooked Sunday dinners after church.
Where the whole family played games together around the table.
Where the table itself lasted through the decades, because every generation had touched it, and it would’ve hurt too much to let it go.
The kitchen is where everyone gathered. The grown-ups for cards. The ladies for coffee. The kids in the ‘70s, for cookies after school and before a pick-up ball game in the street.
We grandkids, in the ‘90s, gathered there to count the fireflies we loved to collect in those quiet neighborhood streets, in the dewy nights of summer. In the kitchen we stirred up hot apple cider in the colder months, before putting in a movie, cozying up in our pajamas, and snuggling up tight next to our grandparents.
I dream of my beloved grandpa sometimes, who’s been with Jesus for some time now. But in my dreams, he’s right there in that kitchen, his eyes twinkling and his smile as sweet as the chocolate my grandma’s sneaking beside him. And in both my dreams and my memories, he’s ornery; he’s teasing and smooching his sweetheart, the woman he’s loved since his teenage years, the woman who, in a voice so gentle it feels like a warm embrace, he simply calls “Mom.”
The kitchen is still the room full of magic in that little house.
I stand there in front of that window even now, reminiscing, as a soft breeze blows by and brings with it more memories that it worries I’ve forgotten.
What a gift it is to see my children in that kitchen, at that table. My heart aches when I think of all the visits I took for granted when I was young. But to think of all the love that’s been shared there just takes my breath away.
And I’m just so grateful for all the precious moments, moments just like this one, that I’ll keep with me for always.