We were having a rough day. I no longer remember why now. Maybe an argument over nothing or frustration from a communication breakdown. Maybe we were just being too serious and were unable to pull ourselves up. But as we turned onto a side street headed towards home, we saw a sight that brought bemused smiles to our faces and made us forget all about those issues.
As documented in the image below, the sight was one of three young men--probably about 10 or so--walking single file up the hilly sidewalk with a large cardboard box over their heads all the way down almost to their knees. It could not have been easy walking like that--no visual capabilities and in such close quarters, and yet coming from the box were sounds of laughter and merriment.
My mind began to fill with so many questions. Why were they walking like that? How long had they been doing this? They appeared to be walking up from the more commercial area into the residential one; had they actually walked down that far? What possessed them to do this?
As questions kept pouring in, I began to realize that I was never going to know the answers, and I realized I liked that. I liked the mystery and sense of possibility that still emanate from the picture. It made me remember how much lasting memories can be created with the simplest of things. Events that may not have seemed important while you were doing them, and yet for some reason, they stick better than outdated political bumper stickers.
That meal shared with just you and a grandparent. An afternoon of awesome playtime at the park with kids you never saw again. A late-night trip to the beach with floor mates to watch the stars. That conversation with a friend that turned to deep topics and helped you grow as a person.
Maybe this will be such an event for these boys. Maybe it won’t be. I hope it is, though. I hope they realize how much their actions brought joy to others who saw them. I hope they keep seizing moments and living life fully. I hope they won’t let fears of what others may think prevent them from being silly or pursuing happiness. And I hope I do the same.