Readers know I’m a fan of TA DA moments, have written about them here before, but just what does it mean? I think it’s something I picked up from a nephew, Colby, years ago. When Col was young, he was fascinated by magic and eager to show anyone and everyone his latest trick. He had put together a show complete with magician’s hat and cape and a very fun routine. At the end of each trick, he’d say, “Ta da;” it was too cute. I don’t remember ever using the words before then, but since then I’ve made them mine. A TA DA moment can be anything from a fabulous sunset to getting a well-deserved A in a tough class, to something that just absolutely makes you smile or laugh out loud.
Yesterday was such a day. I’ve been out here at the Homestead now for just about eight years and in that time I’ve become closer to a special woman y’all have heard about, my favorite Auntie Arlene. I wrote about her most recently in July, commemorating her 93rd birthday. I posted one of my all-time favorite photos, Auntie Arlene and me on the front steps of the Homestead, taken approximately 54 years ago.
We’ve talked, she and I, about re-staging that old photo and one day recently at a get-together with her daughters, she said, “Should we do it today?” That didn’t work out, but yesterday, a beautiful, sunny day, my cousin, Janice, called, said she was in town at her mom’s and how about we take that picture. What a fabulous idea and within a couple hours, Janice, her twin sister, Jane, and Auntie Arlene, all 93 years of her, were here. And TA DA time had begun.
Below you’ll see that old photo, taken when I was about two, along with a brand-new one taken yesterday! I didn’t sit on her lap, for obvious reasons, but we did choose the same spot and amid all kinds of laughter, we took that photo.
We shared hugs and smiles and just reveled in the relationship. And that, my friends, is a quintessential TA DA. Is it important in the scheme of world events? You bet it is in my world. I’ve said it before and will likely say it again – where we come from is important and tradition is the glue that binds us together. And survivor that I am, the oft -repeated message here is cherish your loved ones and never miss the opportunity to let them know they are loved and cherished. Look for those TA DA moments, create them whenever you’re able and tuck them deep into your heart!! Blessings!!