Did you know it is possible to have a ten minute monologue on a loose tooth? We have an upper tooth that has been marginally loose for about six month It is finally starting to really move. Dori is desperately trying to lose it at school in order to obtain a coveted tooth necklace with the choice of red, pink or blue string. Since I am personally a bit grossed out by the process of losing teeth, I am in full support of not having mom pull it out at home. To aid the cause I packed a lunch of apples and carrots and all manner of crunchy things. I even included an encouragement note to remind her I am on her side.
I am blessed that such things make a difference in Dori’s day. She often notices and appreciates when I take the time. It makes it easier to take the time. It is truly a gift. I know and have lived with those that do not appreciate any gestures big or small. Sometimes I am one of those persons. To acknowledge a gift of any size requires humility and generosity. It also requires security. All too often I let a gesture go by without celebrating the giver. The greatest shame is that the one I often forget is my heavenly father. So many times a day I am blessed without acknowledgement because I want more or I am too good. It is good that God pairs his generosity with mercy so that I am forgiven my selfish heart. He knows that I am often weak and insecure and loves me anyway. So tonight I thank him for my daughter’s celebrating heart. Thank you that I get sweet feedback for small gestures. Help me protect her heart so that enthusiasm and encouragement will remain great strengths in her.
Abide: transitive verb 1: to wait for: await 2a: to endure without yielding: withstand b: to bear patiently : tolerate (cannot abide such bigots) 3: to accept without objection (will abide your decision) intransitive verb1: to remain stable or fixed in a state 2: to continue in a place
Abide in me, and I will abide in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. John 15:4
I made a resolution at the beginning of the year to abide. To be honest I had forgotten about it until I came across the piece of paper I wrote it on. To abide, perhaps it goes into the category of be careful of what you ask for -when tragedy strikes, suddenly abiding is no longer optional. Truth be told it was never optional. Read the verse. We are the branches. We need the vine for nourishment, refreshment, life. We fool ourselves from time to time into thinking we are doing OK on our own. Really we are just being foolish ignoring our source of survival. So as I celebrate another year I resolve again to abide; to wait for all God has in store. (Will it be another adoption, a new job, a new ministry?); to endure without yielding: withstand b: to bear patiently : tolerate the loss of my dear friend, the nightly struggle at bedtime, the day to day grind that does not let up; to remain stable or fixed in a state, secure not tossed to and fro by worry and discontent; to continue in a place, grafted to my savior, my ever present source. I will abide.
I fell in love with ballet watching a performance of Swan Lake by the Bolshoi Ballet. I was 16 and it was magic. Although I had been a student for years, it was not until I saw the effortless grace of those white swans danced by some of the best dancers in the world that I fell hard. Since then I have had the pleasure of seeing many of the best companies in many of the great ballets but still my heart holds a special spot for those swans.
Last month Dori joined the corps of white as a baby swan. She had a whole 51 seconds of glory in the back row but she shined. And even better she got to watch her aunt show her how it’s done as a big swan and princess.
It is not the Bolshoi but it’s our area’s best – danced with passion and discipline.
We went out after church Saturday, just Dori and me. We only ordered appetizers and desert. We talked about summer plans and goals. Her goal is to go to Disneyland and Sea World. Mine is to save money and lose weight. I want to be a kid again.
We will do this again. My idea is to try restaurants around town ordering appetizers and desert until we find the one we like best. Applebee was not it. The dessert was great, chocolate mousse in a little glass. The appetizers did not thrill. The sliders which were good but Dori will not eat the cheese in mozzarella sticks and the artichoke dip was too green. Any ideas for restaurants with kid friendly appetizers? Desert we can eat anywhere.