Pieces of the past are always with us

Earlier today, this jar caught my eye.

It was one of the gifts we gave to all the guests at a high school graduation dinner some of us moms organized for our kids. And it still sits on my son’s desk in our home office.

You can see that it’s still partially intact, still holding some of the candy with which that jar was filled. ๐™„ ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™—๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™ข ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™Ÿ๐™–๐™ง! Just like this jar – our kids always carry with them parts of who they were and where they’ve been!

And in a few days, our son will graduate from the college depicted on this jar. This jar signaled the close of his high school chapter and the beginning of his college journey, yet the young man who will be graduating still has so much of the high school boy inside of him. In fact, he brings parts from ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง with him as his story continues to unfold.

When we look back on all that was, we’re bound to feel a jumbled mixture of joy, nostalgia, sadness, excitement, gratitude, longing and so much more. This is part and parcel of living a life we treasure with people we cherish. But let’s also remind ourselves that all that was is never lost.

Some things we hold in our hearts and memories, and others we can see plain as day all around us. Because when we look closely, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™จ๐™š๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ ๐™ž๐™™๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ’๐™ซ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ.

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