Whenever we sing the Twelve Days of Christmas, I catch my breath on day #5. You know, ” FIVE GOL-DEN R I N G S!” Well, today’s been a catch your breath kinda day. Just the Grands and me on this drizzly day. Since it’s Heather and Matt’s anniversary they, plus Chad and Kristina took off yesterday for a getaway.
So, this morning I made Norwegian pancakes for the Grands for breakfast. Then Lily and Maggie made some yummy Asian style soup with udon noodles and exotic spices for lunch. Bazy went for a bike ride, Luke for a run, others hiked, watched a movie or read. All tackled getting the house back in order. It’s been a good day.
Yesterday, after reading awhile, I curled up in a chair in the living room for a nap. Some time later, Poco tapped me, then kissed the top of my head. I awoke to, “Good. You’re alive. Just checking!” I must give them pause now and then.
Earlier in the day, before the couples left for their getaway, Chad hugged me and said, “Mom, I love you.” As I basked in needed affirmation, he added, “And this time I mean it!” What is with my family? I still need a baseball hat that states, “Mama Tried!”
Well, give me the ability to laugh at myself and THEM, Lord. But also to keep a long view and trust the end of the story to the One who knows each of us and the future, but never panics. Today Buechner reminded me, “Youth isn’t for sissies either.” No matter our age or stage, we need each other to make it Home.
Oh, and thanks, Julie, for reminding me of one of my favorite lines by Wendell Berry.
“BE JOYFUL THOUGH YOU HAVE CONSIDERED ALL THE FACTS.”
So, on this fifth day of Christmas, I choose JOY.
Joy feeds contentment with or without FIVE GOL-DEN RINGS, a partridge, two calling birds and, especially, after considering all the facts.
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