There are so many fantastic things to read in the blogosphere. Things that make me laugh or cry. Things that make me angry or roll my eyes. Things that inspire me or educate me.
Recently I read “In Defense of an Ordinary Day” by Dawn Camp on (in)courage and I was touched. The gist is that there are so many things to be thankful for when you have ordinary moments in an ordinary day.
It was the right time for me to hear this and I felt that God nudged me to listen to it. Later on my Facebook page, I shared a picture of a messy Barbie pool and my face towel on the icky bathroom floor because my daughter had used it to clean up. The comments helped me appreciate the beauty of this ordinary, if not messy, moment. “At least she cleaned it up”, wrote one. “Later in life you will realize nothing matters but the memories of hugs with your cute kid,” wrote another. Both so true! What was a minor inconvenience to me was truthfully a funny, dear moment with my child. My child who is growing up way too fast.
Then this morning, just another Tuesday morning during the school and work week, I stood at the top of the stairs calling out goodbye to my twelve-year-old before he left the house to catch his bus. Because of the timing of our schedules, I’m often prepping for my day when he leaves. But this time, I was finished and I wanted him to know in small, ordinary way that he was loved.
After I called out, he ran up the stairs. Then he looked out the front window to make sure he wasn’t seen by anyone walking by on the street and he hugged me. His little sister, who was upstairs as well, raced to us. She wrapped her arms around the two of us embracing. It was a sweet, spontaneous moment. Magic. Beautiful.
I encourage you to find the magic in your day. A kind word or look. A hug or a light touch. Pretty scenery. A coincidence that is really God putting someone or something in your path.
Life is beautiful. Ordinary moments are beautiful. We just have to see them.