It was a few years ago that my good friend and I traveled to Bemidji State Park. It was here that we witnessed what was one of the most beautiful fall scenes in my lifetime. As we hiked through the forest she stopped to take this picture of two maples that had met making an archway over our path covered with maple saplings. She was a lover of trees.
As we hiked further there was a child running down this same path with such joy that it was hard not to get caught up in the moment, on what would normally have been good occasion for another photo. That experience continues to be a poignant reminder of the importance of these moments and being present in every one.
My dear friend is gone now but not her memory, and the love that she brought to those around her. She lived into her 98th year and made the best of every day in joy tempered with the wisdom of someone who had known life and its losses as well. May we all find the courage to live our lives as thoughtfully.