Have you ever noticed that when you look at a photo album or a home video, the highlights of your life come blaring out like a foghorn of living life to its fullest? Yet, in the midst of any given day, the challenges, the heated tempers, the anxiety, the frustrations, and the nails thrown onto the road before you can sometimes make life seem like an obstacle course in plowing through?
OK. Maybe that's just my life of late. As the unbloggable from last year slowly ebbs, new quagmires surround me. I have spent the summer dealing long distance with my mom. I have one sister in Florida, I am here in Hawaii, and my sister who lives in Ventura (closest to my mom in Camarillo) has MS and needs to pace herself.
The medical community and social services were never able to help my mom nor protect my sisters and me from the worst of her mental illness while growing up. Now they are incapable of helping us help her. I'm debating a more detailed post because maybe someone who comes by to read may offer advice we have not thought of; but that post will have to come later.
Because today is traveling Thursday.
And my summer isn't all phone calls and emails to derail the train wreck that is my mother.
My daughter made this video of some of our summer highlights.
- Son surfing
- Trip to Target (and the girls having fun with the shaker thing)
- Watching a hula class of Japanese tourists in Waikiki.
- Drive around the island with Hubs, Daughter, BC...
- And BC letting me make him dance in the car.
Today's Travel Tip? Enjoy those moments that are going on the video....
Editing note: The young woman in the video is not my daughter, but my daughter's friend. Scroll down a couple posts and you will see my daughter at her birthday dinner. The song in the video is by Regina Spector.
Make my day and link up a post!
I wish I had something to link. Maybe next week.
But that video made my day. Your daughter rocks. xo
i like that you recognize them as moments in between...there will always be chaos poking its finger into our day...but capturing the joy of those moments between that will keep you going...sorry about the stuff with your mom, i am sure that is wearing...
HAHAHAHA I love BC dancing!!
We've never let Riley hang his head out the window though... He's never shown an interest, and I'm afraid he would jump out b/c he hates cars!
What a wonderful video. :)
What a great video! I loved it. :) Your daughter does great work.
The whole car dancing thing must have been worth it for the moments BC got to ride with his head out the window.
I love the idea of the moments in between. The times that never get enough credit because they're not horrible or wonderful.
I love your dog and I love that video! Your daughter is gorgeous and did a great job making that.
who is the music - i like it!
I'm with Only a Movie - that video (especially BC dancing) just made my day. Thank you!!
I am so in awe of his surfing! I so hope to visit your island one day...truly gorgeous! Your dog is quite patient with you!
I must come back to see that video!
I like to call your video effect the airplane effect: Life is like flying in an airplane and having no idea how fast you are going, motherhood is really like that. It's not until you arrive at your destination that you realize how far you have come (and how of the trip you missed).
Love the video!
Lovely video/music and pictures. Sorry to hear about your mom and sister. Hope someone in blogland has a solution.
That is a lovely, lovely video. It is a wonderful-life production.
The moments in between are what hold the big picture.
Hey there, Just read a deeper version of the moments in between.
I work with families on the issues like you are having with your Mom. Feel free to email for some information.
By the way, the lighter moments in between the chaos are delightful. It is those things which keep us sane.
Great video! Yeah, we need the "space between"; it's where the real life lies...
"The moments in between;" exactly. Man, I wish you luck with your mom. It's so hard, especially being far away. Tho maybe that's a partial blessing, huh?
Come visit! We have a present for you!
BC looks like he was having a great time *snort* Your son is fantastic. I would last about 2 seconds, if I ever got the nerve to try surfing at all.
Yes. I know that space between very well. Life is considered in total. That's what I tell myself. I'll be thinking about your mom and hoping you get things figured out.
It took me awhile to get here but I'm so glad I made it. The video was exactly what I needed. A little lesson in enjoying the journey. Now if I can just remember to keep that in mind.....
I'm with Jan and 'Only a movie'. This video made my day.
i LOVE the video : )
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