Hunt for Joy Challenge this week is: sit in the sunshine. The sun is always shining when little ones are about.
“Wait till I tell my Mom I’m having hot chocolate for dinner! Do you have marshmallows, too?” she’d excitedly asked the waitress.
“No marshmallows, but we have whip cream.”
Children are so easy to please. I’d been in emergency all day, but didn’t want to cancel plans, so Ric picked her up from school and we three went to a local diner for early supper.
Able to read her own menu now, her eyes lit up at the sight of her favourite beverage. No vegetables touched her plate that night, a sin her mother is sure to scold me about, but in light of the day I’d had, I just wanted to soak in her joy.
Afterwards, we drove around to see the Christmas lights and then home for some television, a snuggle, and bed. All pretty low key.
“Staying at Grandma’s is so so fun!” she told her sister when they came to pick her up the next morning. “You get treats, and to stay up late.”
Don’t worry Mom, she didn’t even finish the hot chocolate.
As for me – my cup was overflowing.
(Thursdays I dedicate to celebrating the blessings in my life, which often translates to sharing Grandma stories. Can’t help it. They are the best, through my eyes.)
(For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: hands)
“I wish I was a boy, Grandma.”
“What makes you say that?”
“Boys don’t get their monthly thing and they don’t have to birth babies.”
I remember thinking the same thing. I also remember how unfair the world seemed, growing up in the era of Women’s Lib, recognizing the broad stroke of inequality.
I didn’t have any pat answer in the moment. After she left, I wished I’d said the things no one ever said to me:
Life is about choices. You don’t have to do anything.
All experience is valid.
We cannot know why we are born a certain way, but if we are patient and trusting, we will come to find purpose.
Everyone struggles; it is the nature of life. What we do with the struggle is what makes a difference.
Not all pain is physical. Enduring pain gives us strength.
The joy you will experience will far outweigh the pain.
It is easy to fear what we don’t understand; in time, your perspective will change.
Give life a chance.
(For Reena’s Exploration Challenge: If Only I Knew…)
In candid moments much is revealed
the curiosity of youth, unabashed
A mind constantly processing
the exuberance of a playful soul.
(For Cee’s Black & White photo challenge: candid)
my heart’s jewel,
you are light-bearer,
hope for the future –
sparking imagination –
I pray that your spirit
remains joyously vibrant,
that reality dawns gently –
polishes the radiance
of your glow.
I wrote A Child Glows in November of 2018 in celebration of my granddaughters. I have edited here, slightly. Image from personal collection.
The focus this week was child/childhood. The topic elicited a wide range of responses and I have a feeling could serve as a prompt for a whole year without being exhausted.
Thanks to all who participated.