Moments are so beautiful, aren’t they? They hold such promise, so much incredible potential and are amazing for as long as they last.
But the truth is also this: moments are fleeting. It’s why we need keepsakes, souvenirs, tokens, mementos to help us relive these moments many months or years down the line.
As I sat here, wondering what would be my most cherished possession, or rather, one among many , my eyes fell upon this.
In that instant, I knew that this would be my special object for 2016. This is the album that captures all the moments from my engagement ceremony 15 years ago.
Those stolen first glances between us, the smiles at the camera that came out either awkward or cute or both, the brightly-attired women in their gorgeous sarees, the exchange of pleasantries between our families, the sighting of friends which lit up our faces and the fact that this would be a bond that would endure well past that day in April, 2001.
Why is this so special? Because it’s among the only printed photographs that I possess and one of two albums that we haven’t discarded during the time we moved all our photographs into digital versions.
It reminds me that some memories are beautiful way more than others and tracing our fingers over the worn edges of the photographs brings them alive almost instantly.
It reinforces the belief that if something is meant to be, it will endure and weather all kinds of challenges to emerge as the one true kind of connection that draws two people together.
I am grateful for this object that draws me closer to the idea of innocence and young love. I am proud to look back at these memories as ones which we can look at and which my child can marvel at when she pulls the album out of the cupboard and settles down cross-legged, knits her brows and tries to figure out whom she knows in each picture.
In these precious moments spent together, I realise how much I have to be thankful for and count my blessings once again.
Do you too have a cherished item that you’d like to tell me about? Do share in the comments.
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Also linking this up with the monthly gratitude challenge over at Vidya Sury’s blog.