I am still not sure what made this day different, but it was. It said,
Simple, huh? It is in theory, but in reality I had to stop and think about all the little things that have made our life such a happy one. (read: happy, NOT perfect!) Tea parties, singing in the car, funny faces, folding laundry together, devotionals, playing "Make Me Laugh", giggles, tears, lunch with my mom, dancing in the rain...so.many.things! Little things...I thought about our little things, two precious gifts entrusted to our care; loaned because God knew we'd care for them with His guidance. Our bigger little thing, already ten years old.
I closed my eyes, breathing in the moment and tried desperately to remember every tea party, which animal sat in which seat and did we have lemonade or grape juice for our tea? Hot chocolate? When was the last time I did that with our smaller little thing?
I thought about my mom. When my dad would travel, she and I would get hoagies, watch horror films and turn them off ten minutes into the movie, exchanging for a great romance or drama. We'd go shopping and have lunch together...I was her little thing and here I am all grown up. Her words pierced me, "Enjoy this time...it goes so fast." I can honestly say my mom was one who enjoyed the little things. She still does.
So, the other day when sweet little Hannah ran up the steps and "found me" folding laundry in the bedroom, she issued a plea. A square box cradled in the nook of her arm, she opened those big brown eyes and quietly asked me to play a game.
It's the little things...the wash will wait. Hannah won't. She will never be that day of six again.Never.