Several years ago, my mom and I were planting a garden next to our home in Bedford Heights, Ohio. My Grandfather, who was a truck driver at the time, was passing through Cleveland and thought he would surprise us. He parked his truck at the bottom of the hill we lived on and snuck up behind us as we were busy planting away. When he said “boo” my mom literally jumped up and split her pants. True story.
As a man that raised horses, it was a treat when we were kids to go to my grandparents home. On one occasion, I fell off of one of said horses, spooked the horse and got a bit dusted up. My Grandfather, rough hands and all, picked me up, and made a scary memory a treasured one.
While years have changed the relationships, family is still family. This evening I received word that my grandfather fell from a ladder. As the evening unfolded, I received another text that he had head trauma and had passed away. As I have reflected on his life tonight, you know what I remember most?
I touched on the passing of a high school classmate in this post earlier this week. I couldn’t help but think how that post highlighted the same thing…little moments. Tonight I felt led to pass this along.
I wonder if we don’t spend so much of our days creating little moments. I wonder if it’s the ones we don’t set out to make lasting that actually become the ones that leave the greatest memory for others. In the past week, 2 people that somehow walked through my life left footprints. One by making knockoff Air Jordans. One by surprising two people while passing through town. 2 seemingly random and small events. 2 little moments I will never forget.
So my word to whomever might stumble upon and read this tonight is this….make little moments. Send that text. Type that email. Surprise that friend. Do something that seems silly at the time. Write what’s on your mind. Tweet something that will make another laugh. Instagram a sunset or family moment. Facebook a favorite lyric. It may seem like a little moment at the time, but to the one on the receiving end, it will be anything but.
Make a little moment.
Or make one for someone else.