In life, isn’t it often the small things that put a smile on our face or make our day? That “good morning, I love you” text from your spouse who left for work early before you were awake…the colorful wildflowers you spot growing along the roadside…hitting all the green lights as you drive through town…the adorable smile of a sweet little person who is happy to see you…Those small things give us just a brief respite from all that might be trying our patience, might be hectic, or might even be just ho-hum, on any given day. Those small things might even just set the tone for the rest of the day ahead. And piece by piece, those small things build a bigger picture.
The photograph featured with the title of this blog entry is one of those “small things”. It was taken in September 2003, but even 15 years later it remains one of my all-time favorites. I smile (and reminisce) EVERY. SINGLE. TIME I see it. This one photo, that captured that one moment in time (our breakfast table in the garden of a southwest France farmhouse): the happy pink flowers, picked that morning, simply arranged in the green ceramic pitcher that matched the plates; pink napkins and placemats to match the flowers; the last peach of the season, sliced over fresh yogurt in yet another matching green ceramic dish; the basket of fresh-baked croissants and baguettes; the farm-made jams being sampled by the tiny bee; and the view into the rest of the garden. This one photo sets in motion a cascade of memories of that same trip and all the good feels and amazing experiences that were part of it. Pretty soon, I find myself wanting to go back to Sarlat-le-Canada and the Dordogne department of SW France to do it all again. That singular “small thing” also branches out to memories of other special meals and gorgeous views and multitudes of moments that have been woven into the tapestry of my travel memories.
And in a nutshell, that’s why I do what I do as a travel agent. I know it’s the small pieces that matter. By taking (finding!) all the small pieces that are going to fit like puzzle pieces into a bigger picture, and by streamlining all the moving parts of a trip, my clients’ time and efforts are spent making memories one moment at a time. We don’t often remember an entire day, but we remember each “little” moment that leaves an imprint on our mind or emotions, and it’s always the small pieces that make the big picture.