I had thee most uneventful day today. I spent almost two hours organizing my pretty paper and stationery. Oh, and I ironed for just about as long. My junk drawer also needed some purging, so that happened, but I was soon distracted by a small blue notebook where I recorded funny things my sons said when they were really young. So of course, I stopped everything I was doing and sprawled across my bed to flip through the pages. I know I laughed out loud – really loud, as if I was hearing some of these things for the very first time. How I wish I’d have recorded more. And how I wish I’d have taken more pictures. I need to not make this mistake with my grandchildren. I need more pictures!
When we’re raising our littles, I think we are all too busy chasing them around to record every fun or sweet thing they say. Let’s face it, there are many days we’re lucky just to get dressed. So my little blue notebook remains only 1/4 full, and the rest are memories that now and then as I watch my grandkids grow, come to mind, and make me laugh.
Yesterday, my 2-year-old grandson, Owen, picked up the stool in my kitchen and moved it for me. “It’s big, Gummy,” he said. My sister, Nancy, was here, and we both looked at each other and laughed remembering back when Owen’s Dad (my Rory), picked up something and said to his grandma, “It’s heavy, Beema.”
That little blue notebook is now on my kitchen table. God willing, I’m going to fill its pages over the years. And my favorite entry of this week will surely be the story of when I had stopped over to see the kids on Monday. As I was leaving, Holly told Owen to tell me goodbye. He looked at me, waved, and said, “See ya later, Crocodile!”
When I struggle to remember all of my different passwords this week at my new job, or can’t figure out how to order a new medication, or get to the right page of my assessment, or any other number of things that I will surely struggle with at my new job this week, I’m going to remember – I’m a Crocodile. And I’m going to laugh cuz doggone it – laughing is just so good for the soul.
And on that note, I’m headed to bed. See ya later, Crocodiles!
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22