A Brief Moment of Balance

The weekend I turned 29 for the 21st time was filled with apprehension for what lay ahead, dread of the slow down hill slide into “old age”, and sadness and over the years of my youth both wasted and fulfilled. It ended with surprise, happiness and hope.

My "Pumpkin"

Captain, My Captain, had whisked me away to Denver for a weekend to ourselves and to buy a new car, and do what I wanted to do. I was so excited to get my new unique (to our town anyway) 2010 VW Beetle in a limited edition color – Red Rocks Orange.


We went to the Botanical Gardens and the Art Museum. It was heaven! In a wonderful Irish bar, with good food and (of course) good beer, I was caught unware when My Captain took this picture. It captures me in that moment perfectly. Nostalgic, wistful, calm and content.

Thoughts on The Future

Thoughts on The Future

It was all a ruse to get me away while the missing pack members came home and prepared the mother of all surprises. Walking into the house when we got home the surprised paid off for them in spades because they got the full on shocked Mom look followed by the inevitable ugly cry when I saw all four of my kids, the pack and Blossom in my livingroom.

I’d like to believe my faraway, dreamy repose was the deep breath needed to push me forward. At least in that moment, for that time. I still find myself longing for my youth and worrying about the future and wish I could find a balance. Writing helps and seeing this picture as my blog image reminds me. On that day in late May, I had a brief moment of balance.


This post was written when Write On Edge asked us write about a photo of ourselves for RemembeRED.

This week, I’m asking you to take us into the moment your favorite photograph of yourself was taken, to show us who you were then and what the photograph means–in 300 words.


3 comments on “A Brief Moment of Balance

  1. momfog says:

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday. Birthdays always make me reassess my life and put things into perspective. The trick is learning to to that the other 364 days of the year.


    Sorry, but that’s the first thing I thought of when your blog popped up. That is my family’s favorite game on our long commute to and from school. My arm is sore just thinking about it.


  2. I LOVE the photo and your commentary. Unawares is the best kind of photograph: I always think preparation means we can veneer away part of who we are to create what we see as an acceptable public image. Your photo is beautiful. Glad you have a lovely time.


  3. sarahlipoff says:

    29 for the 21st time! LOVE IT! Sounds like a perfect birthday – and a perfect picture to capture the moment 🙂


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