From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

July 8

No one tells us that the greatest moments of a lifetime are fleeting, unplanned and nearly always catch us off guard.

Not long ago, as I was reading a bedtime story to my seven-year-old daughter, I became aware of her focused gaze. I asked what she was thinking about.

“Mommy,” she whispered, “I just can’t stop looking at your pretty face.”

I almost dissolved on the spot.

Not long after, I took my four-year-old son to an elegant department store, where the melodic notes of a classic love song drew us toward a tuxedoed musician playing the piano. As we sat and listened, Sam stood up next to me, took my face in his little hands and said, “Dance with me.”

Although shoppers openly chuckled, grinned and pointed at us as we glided and whirled around the open atrium, I would not have traded a dance with such a charming young gentleman if I’d been offered the universe.

Jean Harper

The greatest moments of a lifetime
are usually fleeting and unplanned.

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