At the time it’s nothing special, really. You’re just hanging out, as usual. The little one is watching “Frozen” for the 13th time today. The boys are playing Minecraft and stopping only for a random sword fight or peanut butter sandwich. It’s too cold to play outside, and they’ve been stuck in the house too long. You spend your entire day trying to entertain, referee, and unsuccessfully keep them from random swordfights by distracting them with peanut butter sandwiches.
But, someday…long from now (or maybe sooner), you won’t remember what those mundane boring days looked like. You won’t be able to recall what it was like to have them all in the same room, together. There will be sports, and driving lessons and friends, and school dances, and part time jobs.
Someday the weather will be too cold to go outside and you will be stuck in the house for too long and the memory of how you used to spend this day will whisper to you.
Or, I can photograph how that day feels today and you will never, ever forget.
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