Last weekend, Alex and I hopped in Sally (my mustang of course) and headed north to Pittsburgh to visit Christine. I met these girls my Freshman year of college, and while busy schedules and general distance keep us from seeing each other often, it still amazes me that every time we’re together it feels like no time has passed. I feel fortunate to have these amazing women in my life.
As I’ve told you, Christine is going to be a Mama in just a few months (although miss skinny-minny looks less like she’s cooking a human being inside of her, and more like she ate a big lunch), and this weekend was a reminder of how amazing, and wonderful the journey of life is. Life throws all sorts of moments at you — the holy sh*t moments, the bone-crushing sad moments, the blissful moments, and so on — and this weekend I was smacked in the face by a glorious Little Big Moment.
It happened while a group of us were sitting around watching Christine open some gifts. Her friend Jen bought her the cutest assortment of little baby clothes, and as she pulled out one tiny outfit after another, we all started crying – no joke, tears were flowing everywhere, we were like a Lifetime for Women movie or something. The fact of it is, as much as I already KNEW Christine was getting ready to be a mommy, and I rubbed that cute little burrito-belly of hers, it was seeing those tiny-human clothes that made me realize in a few months there was going to be an actual tiny-human in them. A tiny-human that looks a lot like my best friend Christine.
It might sound trivial, but I tell you that little moment rocked me to my core. It was as if all of a sudden I realized how quickly life was moving, how significant these moments are and how blessed I feel to witness these girls, my sisters, as we all enter new and exciting chapters. We’re becoming moms. And fiances. And wives. (Some of us are in Africa, making the world a better place, and yet their spirit is very much present for all these moments too – we miss you Hilary!)
And it’s so much bigger than all that too. Maybe you’re in school, maybe you’re switching careers, maybe you’re buying your first home. This Little Big Moment of mine just made me realize that wherever we are in life, it should be celebrated. The journey is uncertain, and winding, and sometimes long, or even a little scary…but when you pause, and soak up all that is going on around you…man, o man, is it beautiful.