Caleb had a horrible cold, so I kept him home from school. There was one errand I had to run, though, so I bundled up the miserable little child in a big, cozy blanket and tucked him into the van. To assuage my guilt for dragging him around town, I said, “Do you want momma to buy you a hot chocolate?” He wasn’t too sick for that, so I pulled into a road-side coffee stand.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Two dollars later I handed him a steaming cup of chocolate and waited as the barista prepared my mocha.
As she handed my drink through the window, from the back seat I heard the loud sucking sound of a straw on empty cup bottom.
And my sweet momma voice turned into another flavor as I whipped my head around and hollered at my sick little boy.
“You already drank that whole thing?!!! I paid to two dollars for that! Don’t you know you’re supposed to savor it? Sip it slowly? Enjoy drinking it?”
“Sorry” he said.
I learned today of a Chinese expression “man zou”, which means “walk slowly”, something said as a goodbye or a see-ya-later. A reminder to stop and smell the roses, to savor life.
Walking is easy when the day has a lot of wiggle room, but today my list of things to do is so long I already know I will fail to get through half of it. What if I really need to hit the floor running?
Ecclesiastes 11:8 says, “However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all.” Enjoyment requires intent. Taking pleasure in the moment. Paying attention to what is good right now. I grab my list today and tell myself, “WALK!”
And so I bid you in this day:
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