Let's presume that you're packing for vacation and you forget a few items, like your children's toothbrushes and their toothpaste. And their ponytail holders. And their hairbrushes. And your hairbrush. And the bottle of Tylenol that comes in handy when you're three hours into the trip and your children repeatedly ask things like "Do you want to hear the weird noise that I can make?"
(Even if you refrain from answering, your children will assume that you do want to hear the weird noise that they can make. It's optimism in action.)
Of course, you easily can buy all of these forgotten items once you get to your destination. No harm done. But what if you also forget your camera?
You might be thinking, Who forgets to pack their camera when they're going on vacation?
Apparently I do. It only crossed my radar when I noticed my youngest daughter had fallen into an especially cute slumber -- nearly two hours after she normally naps and merely twenty minutes before we reached our destination. (In other words, a typical travel nap.) She was so sweet that I would have taken a picture, and then I realized: no camera.
It's like the tree falling in the forest adage. Does a vacation really happen if there's no camera to document it?
It does. Our kids still make sandcastles at the beach and have goggle imprints on their faces at the pool. They still get wide-eyed at the ocean and jump-in-their-place excited at the merry-go-round.
I just have to remember it in my head and heart, not on film.