On Friday, I was in Kilmovee School for a short Prayer Service.
This focused on the infant class – four girls – but involved the entire school community and the parents/grandparents of the new class. It was a lovely gathering and I was happy to be there.
I noticed a little video clip on Twitter on Friday morning and I mentioned it in the school. It was a short clip, just about 40 seconds, of a young girl called Madeline.
I’m assuming her father took the clip and it featured Madeline standing on a train platform, excitedly waiting the arrival of the train. It was clear that it was not just any train but the first train Madeline had ever seen – apart, I’d imagine from Thomas The Tank and his many companions!! This was real.
Madeline’s eyes lit up as the train sounded its horn and made its appearance. She was so excited. The one who took the video (as I say, most likely her father) captions it well. He tells us that Madeline is waiting to see her first train and then adds: “I wish I could remember my first train”.
I talked to the children about this. I asked why the video was recorded and a girl, in one of the higher classes, hit the nail on the head: “He was making memories”. How right she was. I felt that was what we were doing in the school as well. We were there to make memories.
Chances are Madeline won’t remember that moment for the rest of her life but the man who recorded the video will.
The memory was as much for him as for Madeline. Our gathering was as much for ourselves, especially the parents of the four, as for them but it was a good gathering.
Take time this week – time to make memories!