Sweet Moments

That moment during a hot summer day when the clouds above you churn and you know it’s coming. The smell of burning wood on a cold winter night and all those memories flood your mind of how it used to be when you were a kid. How sitting on the park bench while the wind chills you reminds you of what a hot chocolate will taste like when you get back indoors.

Spring in Canada
Spring in Canada

They’re there. We just have to see them. Those beautiful junctures that make life all the more wonderful to live. Allow me to take a sliver of time from Freedom Friday to tell you about my sweet moments.

How the grass smells when I first cut it. How the house looks when it’s clean. How the garden looks when de-weeded. How I feel when I have a good movie I want to watch and have been waiting all week to watch it. How the sound of an ice cream truck brings me back to when I was a boy playing hockey with my friends in the street. How a sunset makes all the sense in the world, even when things at the time don’t make sense.

When the first snowfall hits, and my excitement builds knowing Christmas is right around the corner. When the leaves change, and I have my camera with me to take incredible shots of the colorful foliage. When the birds return after having spent those dark months away, and they sing their wonderful spring melodies at five in the morning.

My favorite food
My favorite food

The way my tongue dances after I bite into the most delicious dinner ever made in the history of culinary excellence. The silence I hear when I’m reading a good book. The joy I feel when a plan works as expected. The smell of an electronics store when I first walk in and all I want is the latest film release, but it tempts me with more. The sight of a dog chasing its tail and not knowing anything more complicated than that.

There’s more. Like those times I walk in on my wife, grab her in my arms, and tell her how lucky I am to have her. When I look into the eyes of my children and find myself staring back. That moment spending time with the extended family and someone tells a joke that everyone laughs. How the smile on someone’s face can make all the difference in the world when having a tough day. And how I try to see the good in others even when they’re terrible to me.

You see, I have many sweet moments in my life, and I’m sure you have them, too. If you look closely, you can see them. They’re there. They’re waiting for you to discover. When you do, it will amaze you by how it makes you feel knowing you’ve found one. Not everyone knows about them, but that’s okay. One day they will.

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What are you sweet moments? What special place do you have that you can call your own?

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22 thoughts on “Sweet Moments

  1. The swing set at any part just before dusk reminds of squeezing in those last few minutes of play time before the street lights came on and we had to head home. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. I don’t have many sweet moments, at least as a child I don’t. But this was a nice read.

  3. I love this. It’s the little things that end up meaning the most because they are what you remember. Like when my youngest son brings me flowers from his very own garden. The peace and joy I find in nature. When my sixth grader hugs me in front of all his classmates and tells me he loves me. The smell of fresh-baked brownies. When my students are excited about what they are learning. And so many more! Thanks for the reminder to cherish those sweet moments. 🙂

  4. The way you write is very inspiring. It sounds like a song, a story, a poem. I think you must be very talented.

    I know what you mean about special moments. In our minds we take a little picture and whenever we feel lonely, feel sad, feel angry, we savor that picture and get a sweet taste of good memories.

  5. I think it’s important to collect the little, sweet moments as they go by. Some sweet moments are coming home and find someone has already done the dishes, or getting into that blind zone where only the story matters and you write feverishly to keep up.

  6. Reblogged this on Welcome Home and commented:
    Read “Sweet Moments” -from Jack Flacco’s blog. When you add them all up, a million moments of gratitude for the beauty and love in your life, you are creating happiness, for yourself, for others. . .

  7. This is a great post! Some of my sweet moments are the sound of my cat purring when I pet her, and the happy, fun loving face my dog gets when he sees I’m about to throw a stick for him to fetch.

  8. That look my husband gets when he truly loves what I’ve made for dinner, being attacked by Grace-the-hug-monster while doing dishes, watching storm clouds roll in, spotting rainbows, jumping in leaf piles, dog snuggles, a knitting project well-done, science experiments that make us giggle (even if they’ve gone horribly awry), that moment of excitement when a fabulous song begins to play on the radio…I think I could go on forever. 😀 Love, love, love this post!

  9. I love this! The words you chose capture these moments perfectly. I am always encouraging my students to “paint a picture” in the reader’s mind with their words. They don’t always understand what I’m talking about and this post would be such a perfect example for them to read as they learn how to use golden details. It also made me think of the special moments in my own life. Thanks!

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