The Things That Make You Feel Better
Never underestimate the power of children to put the world in perspective. This last weekend, I'm cleaning out my stuff, whining at certain things that should be there aren't and generally having a very negative viewpoint of the universe in general. Then I get a phone call...my two year old neice (who the night before I had introduced to the world of Star Trek 2, though honestly she could have cared less about it) wanted me to come over and blow bubbles with her. And so I did and it just put the right postlude on what had been a trying, tiring day. As much as I am upset about my stuff, it can be replaced. You can't replace blowing bubbles and picking buttercups with a niece who thinks you are the coolest thing in the world and is so happy her Uncle Michael shaped toy is around.
Also, figuring out how to make a six-month old child giggle and gurgle happily is one of the finest things ever
Then, yesterday...having an awful day. It is a Murphy's Law Day to the n-th power. And in it all, the neice and nephew come over to visit. Just playing with them and getting ice cream from Sonic helped me to remember what is important in this world. So much of life is transitory and we're really all being prepared for the life to come when we get to heaven. This is just a stopping point and while it's an important one, someday all of these things I am so caught up in now won't seem important. But the memories of sharing my shake with Gracie, helping her pet the neighbors dog and blowing bubbles with her will be things that I hold onto and treasure forever.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/27/2004 10:40:00 AM