There are few moments in life that illustrate the passing of time as well as a sunset. In fact, the only other one that comes to mind right away is when you are in an airplane and landing after a long flight. The time may have seemed to drag as you crossed miles above the surface of the ocean. The night so dark and plane so high that there was nothing to see out the window to even indicate that you were moving. Suddenly you are landing and the world comes into view. As you get closer to the ground, the world starts zipping by your eyes as it has invisibly for most of your journey. Only at the end of the trip is it apparent how fast you have been going then entire time.
That is how I feel about sunsets. I can actually see the last moments of the day slip away while I watch the glorious colors burn through their show into darkness.
Last night it was Alec’s turn to read to Gemma and mine to wash up after dinner. While I was putting something in the laundry, I noticed the sky was a most gorgeous shade of peach. I put my chores on hold and went outside to appreciate the colors. In the backyard, I could see Gemma’s lava lamp lit in her bedroom window and the lilt of her laughter broke the silence of the moment. Suddenly I realized that I am in the middle of the flight of parenthood and in just nine more years, she will be in her final year of school, getting ready for university and life away from her parents. I better make more of an effort to enjoy the ride.
As I was watching the sunset, I could not help but think of my friends and family who have gone before me and I wondered what it looked like from the other side of those clouds.
For my photography friends, this image straight out of the new Android based Samsung Galaxy Camera that I am trialing.