we chatted about the day’s happenings.
The fact that all recesses were
indoors due to the weather.
A two recess day is cause for celebration in the life of an 8-year old.
We drove down our street and I mentioned that The David Crowder Band’s
final cd had arrived in the mail.
Turning into our driveway, I didn’t need to turn my head to know
that Caleb threw his head back in his seat as he bellowed,
I set the parking brake and said,
“But why?” and
“What are they going to do?”
he wondered out loud as we ran to the porch to avoid the
pelting of slush from above.
Before I could give any suggestion, Caleb’s despair turned
to a calm resolve.
“I guess they will live life with their families.”
Once more before I could venture a response, he added,
“But I don’t think they will make a lot of money!”
I smile at the second statement.
I thought about the first declaration often last night.
I remember last week, the kids and I arranging blocks to proclaim
our existence within these walls.
I watch as Caleb left his homework to press the volume UP button
on the kitchen cd player.
I sigh with joy as big flakes find a home on our lawn.
When I asked Carl to take a walk in the snow instead
of turning back the covers and setting alarms.
Our footprints and happy paw prints invade the quiet winter storm.
Hearing night sounds as I read just one more
page before the stroke of midnight.
Gazing out the window at the street light illuminating
the snow as if tossed from heaven.
I witness merriment as a snow man is formed and
spheres of frozen tundra are lobbed with mischievous glee.
I found an easy yes to hot chocolate and a fire for a boy with
And a second serving of whipped cream despite the absence
of a level change of hot liquid.
I think living life is saying yes without reservation.
I think it is messy.
It’s about getting up early even when it is cold or you might miss the fun.
I think it is about dreams.
Dreams that remain and those that melt.
I think it is all about second helpings.
It’s about do over’s.
It’s about embracing that disruptions don’t have to create breakdowns.
A weather pattern may mean a different route for
a new destination.
Decisions that make us ask why yet are necessary and good.
What will we miss if we don’t fully live life.
Thank you David Crowder Band for living your life with us by offering
Music that made a 3-year-old call your Illuminate album the
I am grateful that you get to live life with your families.
I will make sure that I live life fully with my family and loved ones .
I endeavor to keep pressing that volume button up!
It’s all about shelter.
One of the best ways to live life with those you love.