Stop, Drop and Enjoy

Last week I came home from a busy day at work to find a phone message from my husband, who was on a golfing vacation, saying all flights out of North Carolina had finally been cancelled due to high winds. I was glad he was safe on the ground, but he was to be my babysitter for the evening while I went to my weekly Bible Study meeting which I had missed quite a few of lately. My older daughter was working and I wondered who I could call at such late notice on a school night.

The day was so beautiful, after many days of cold and damp, and my younger daughter and her neighbor friend were happily playing badminton in the front yard. I casually mentioned it would be a good day for a picnic in the park and they exploded with excitement – what could I do? I packed up sandwiches, drinks and the dog and we all headed for the nearby park. The girls played until dark while Buddy and I wandered about with no direction in mind.

Sometimes, it’s good to drop everything and take advantage of an opportunity – especially an opportunity to play! That night, while tucking my daughter in bed after washing all the sand and grass off in a bath, she told me, “Mommy, that was the funnest day I’ve had in a long time!” And that made everything worthwhile.


About moonbridgebooks

Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; author of Poems That Come to Mind, for caregivers of dementia patients; Co-author/Editor of Battlefield Doc, a medic's memoir of combat duty during the Korean War; life writing enthusiast; loves history and culture (especially Japan), poetry, and cats
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