I've been working with scrapbookers for about 20 years now. Although it seemed like yesterday when I started this adventure of preserving my family memories. My kids used to be between the ages of 4 - 10. They're now 24 - 31 and I have two grandchildren older than 4!
The Dallas event was fabulous. I love what I do, so while "working" I got to experience joy, fun and laughter. Because this event was in the area I lived, I got to see so many familiar faces and friends I have not seen in years.
I caught up with friends who used to come to my house every month to work on scrapbooks. I saw friends that I still scrapbook with and some I met on Facebook years ago I got to meet for the first time. Friends that live close by, friends that live far away, new friends, and seasoned friends.
The common denominator whether an attendee or co-worker, new or known, was a "friend". It seems time has nothing to do with it. The value and caring, the laughter and tears brought us together as if we had never been apart. Pictures of children, once babies and now much older, weddings, holidays and travel. This weekend encompassed it all.
Many people live with "what if's" or regrets. I'm blessed to have none of those. If my past was any different I wouldn't be where I am and where I am is good. My life is not perfect, but it's good, and that's enough. As I become older (not old), I try to savor and enjoy these friendships more fully.
My husband and I both lost our mothers this past fall, within 6 weeks of each other, and it reminds us to live in the moment when possible. While I enjoyed catching up, reminiscing and seeing pictures of events already past, I enjoyed making new memories and laughing this weekend with these friends...all 100+ of them!
I hope you are able to attend an event sometime soon. I know there's a big one in Phoenix in August and I can hardly wait. It will be like this past weekend but on a much larger scale!