--one--Health! I'm feeling so much better after a week of feeling miserable. I don't think it was the flu because everyone tells me that lasts more than a few days. Nevertheless, there's nothing quite like being knocked down for a few days to remind me of how blessed I am each day that I can get out of bed. It didn't hurt for me to eat a bit of humble-pie, either, and see that the world really does keep turning even when I'm not around.
--two--Having a husband who can handle things when I am down and out. And after this past week, having a husband at all! We had a "close call" with Tom this past week. He was replacing an electrical outlet and somehow, despite taking precautions, he got hit by a pretty good volt. I was not at home at the time but according to Tom, the boys saw him hit the floor and came running to his rescue. He said the conversation went like this:
John: Daddy, are you okay?
Tom: I'm okay. I got electrocuted.
John: It's okay, Dad. If you died, you would've gone to heaven.
Thankfully, nobody was going to heaven just yet! We have a new rule in the house now: no electrical work when the other adult is gone. On this feast of the archangels, I'm particularly grateful for the angels that were watching over my Tom.
--three--Kids who make us laugh. This morning, I took the boys to a nearby scenic overlook so that they could burn off some energy and get some fresh air. They road their tricycles, examined spider webs, tossed walnuts around and sucked on fallen persimmons. While we were there, an elderly lady, looking quite somber, walked up to the overlook and the boys immediately launched into telling her stories. I think she was dumbfounded as they excitedly shared all their adventures with her, complete with Joah giving her an overly-enthusiastic demonstration of how to spit out persimmon seeds and John explaining that "the 'possums will come eat the seeds". I guess it was kind of one of those "you had to be there" moments but it had me in stitches. It took a while, but before too long, they had that lady laughing too, and picking up persimmons with them. I bet she won't forget that moment anytime soon. I know I won't.
Happy Monday to all! Thank you, Stephanie.