You never know what moments will become memories. That was something my friend, Ellen, taught me. Admittedly I don’t think it was her intention, but I’ll still give her some credit. Lord knows I give her enough grief so this should come as a pleasant surprise.
On one day of our trip we stopped at a place called The Bubbly Pool in Jost Van Dyke .
So, there we are just casually talking… to be honest I don’t even remember the subject. Out of nowhere Ellen says, “I was 14 and that was the first time I had a Fribble®.” I can’t remember if she actually said, “and that was the single greatest moment of my life” or if it was simply conveyed through her tone and context but we all lost it right then and there. I immediately (through my tears of laughter) pressed back.
This Fribble® was the greatest moment of your life?!
She held strong. She was adamant. Fribble®s are life changing.
For those of you who are thinking, “what in the $#!& is a Fribble®?” it’s a milkshake from a restaurant chain called Friendly’s. In their own words, “This isn't your average milkshake. Our famous Friendly's Fribble® milkshakes are the creamiest, tastiest milkshake ever!” For more info on Fribbles® check this out.
For those of you who know me, this will come as no surprise, I latched onto this Fribble® moment like my life depended on it. I’m pretty sure half of our crew thought her name was Fribble® by the end of the trip!
What started as simply one of the most unexpectedly funny moments of the trip turned into a pretty major learning moment awhile later.
Ellen is successful, incredibly successful. I mean that in all facets of her life. She has an amazing family, tons of friends, her house has a hot tub (don’t ask about the speaker situation, she gets SUPER touchy about that) and she’s the Vice President of Fee Brothers … the list is endless, but the point is simple, she’s seen a lot and experienced a lot.
The Fribble® moment for Ellen was an impactful one, but it didn’t have to be. It wasn’t as though there was a big to-do and everyone said, “Ellen, you’re going to remember this for the rest of your life” before she tried a Fribble®. It just so happened to be, quite literally, a life changing moment.
With that being said, there are so many moments in our lives where people do say things like, “you’re going to remember this for the rest of your life” and yet after years, we forget.
Memories, specifically the strongest memories can’t be forced or planned nor can they controlled. What might seem to some as just a fleeting moment in time can be a cherished (or hated) memory that lasts a lifetime.
My final takeaway? Always do your best. Always think before you speak. Always take an extra moment to realize that you never know who’s listening, who’s watching, or what memories you’re making.