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.