October 25, 2014

Cherish the little things

Posted 7/8/10

On the Fourth of July I went to see the local fireworks and I had a fantastic time. I did not realize how much fun I had until I was reminded by someone special about how important the little things in life are. After that, I could not help but think about how the simplest things, like going to the fireworks, can bring us the most joy in life.

Now, I have not been to a fireworks show in four years. They don’t interest me, and honestly, I don’t see what the big deal is. A typical Fourth of July fireworks show lasts about 15 to 20 minutes, but I can still remember fun moments in downtown Bay City with my family camping out and running around with a sparkler in each hand. Kids be safe; sparklers can be dangerous. I guess I never realized what the big deal was until I looked at how little things like going to the fireworks and being around family and affected me.

With all of the running around between school, work, and home I have done the last few years, I had almost forgotten how it’s the little things in life that we should cherish.

As I sat there, I remembered how much family and friends mean to me. While remembering the best years of my youth, I can remember sitting with my family and loving every second of a great fireworks show.

It’s amazing how something as simple as a few hundred fireworks can bring a family together and put a smile on someone’s face.

I can’t remember most of the big Christmas presents my Grandma and Grandpa gave to me over the years, but I do remember the little notes of encouragement they would give me when school was stressing me out, or the first time my grandpa let me drive his four-wheeler by myself.

These days I have not slowed down much. I spend a majority of my time away from my family. But every time I come back to Bay City I am always sure to try my best to stop by and say hello to all four of my grandparents. I know they enjoy it when I visit, but what they don’t know is that those little moments we spend together mean a lot to me. I rely heavily on their closeness. It is part of who I am.

We all should try to create little moments in our everyday life. Go to your grandfather’s and listen to a Tigers game. Hang out with your 8-year-old brother when he asks you, even if he gets annoying sometimes. And send a text message of a silly song lyric or a little smiley face to someone you care about just to let them know you’re thinking about them.

Who knows? You could be doing the little things that could make their day.

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