What are your family’s best moments in time?

Jan Kwiatkowski, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and mental health consultant for Aurora Family Service in Milwaukee, WI.

“To realize the value of One Year,

Ask a student who failed his or her AP exams.

To realize the value of One Month,

Ask the parents of a premature baby.

To realize the value of One Week,

Ask the writer of a weekly blog or column.

To realize the value of One Day,

Ask a daily wage earner who has six kids to feed.

To realize the value of One Hour,

Ask young lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of One Minute,

Ask a person who missed their flight.

To realize the value of One Second,

Ask the person who survived an accident.

To realize the value of One Millisecond,

Ask the person who won the Silver Medal in the Olympics.”

I don’t know to attribute this poem to, but I am grateful to that person because the poem serves as a practical reminder of just how much time factors into our lives. The only line I would add to the poem would be, “to realize the value of time, ask the person who just lost a loved one and time seemed to stop.”

As we transition to the school year, we see holiday decorations out in the stores and try to squeak in some last summer fun.  I hear lots of people, myself included, wondering where the time has gone, looking forward (or not) to the rush of the upcoming holidays, or people who can’t wait till this year ends.

All families mark the passing of time in some way. We do so at birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, funerals, anniversaries, births, graduations, etc. Even our short summer season, here in WI is bounded in time by Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Most of us experience a mix of emotions around these events and passages in time.

I’m curious. What have been your families’ best “times” this summer? How does your family mark the passage of time? If you could repeat a family moment in time, what would it be? I will look forward to your thoughts.

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