I notice all the little things that make children around me burst with joy after school. It was a long, rainy day, and I arrive home tired and spent. But then, children remind me to think about all the joyful things. Things like:
- finding not one but two cats asleep on your bed
- learning that we are, in fact, having mashed potatoes with dinner
- finding the chocolate cake our neighbor delivered last night just because
- anticipating going to Youth Group
But mostly, it was the announcement of mashed potatoes that tips the scale from happy to joyful.
When life feels weighty and serious, full of work and deadlines, I stir the mashed potatoes and remember a time when what we were having for dinner could make me leap for joy.