Yesterday at lunch, my eight-year-old asked me a simple question that kept me thinking throughout my day; “If you could time-travel to any place of your choice, where would it be?”
The question was simple enough, yet there was a catch – your time-travel would only be a one way ticket.
I can honestly say that my grandparents defined unconditional love for me.
I spent my day reminiscing…Silent Night being played on the violin, homemade pierogies, newspaper hats, snipping roses from a rose garden.
My fondest memories are the simple moments. There is not a day in my life that I do not feel a void – I still miss them terribly.
But to answer my son’s question honestly, it took careful consideration. Would I really want to go back in time?
To go back to my past, would simply rob me of my present life and my future.
It is my present life that I am most grateful for…
Watching my children grow into who they are meant to be.
Seeing the interactions of my children with their own grandparents.
Of course, the people of my past have made me who I am today. They are my core, and for this I am grateful.
But today, right now, in this moment, I am exactly where I am meant to be.
I have a responsibility to call on my life’s experiences, seize this moment and make my life the best that it can be.
We all have a time and a purpose in this life. Our time is now and how we choose to live today, and how we impact others is up to us.
I climbed in to bed with Andrew last night, snuggled in close and said, “You know that question you asked me about time-travel this morning? I wouldn’t want to travel anywhere – there is no place else I would rather be.”
PS. If you could time-travel to any place of your choice, where would it be?