Bathed. Brushed. Regaled with made-up stories. Read to with special effects.
Such is the bedtime routine for a certain pre-schooler I adore.
Sometimes, there’s fussing, crying or full-on histrionic tantrums that, every now and then, threaten to push me to the edge. Other times, there’s laughing, loads of silly antics or noisy good fun sure to keep us going past his bedtime. I much prefer the latter but alas, I’d be mistaken, in denial or on a serious head trip if I said I had a choice in the matter.
Still, I look forward to this routine every night.
Some nights, I miss out on this epilogue. When I do, I sneak a few minutes staring at his sleeping face. Angelic. Peaceful. Divine. I get a hit; not the full effect but just enough to take the edge off. Then, I make it up the following day.
These are only a few of the dependable things I do that sustain me.
Wrapped in this routine are ordinary moments that help define me, challenge me, season me.
These moments, whether I’m in the right frame of mind or not, nourish me.
But, these moments? They don’t last forever.
Nothing ever seems to.
Change always comes.
Often, I adapt pretty well.
Sometimes, change can be a bit cruel, causing me to need a little time, a little encouragement, a little compassion, a little understanding. A little leeway.
I know this about me.
I suspect this is more or less true for you, too. And for him, too, over there, oceans away. And for her, too, way out there, generations away. And for them, too, way over yonder, on a whole other philosophical, religious, artistic, emotional, intellectual or hermeneutic ballpark.
Such seeming distance can sometimes eclipse how much we have in common. (Like needing food, shelter, clothing, drinking water, clean air, respect, love, expression, you know what I mean.)
Still, I’d like to believe that there’s hope of meeting each other halfway.
We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. ~ Maya Angelou
- Like me, do you find yourself needing a little leeway sometimes?
- What do you hold close? What nourishes you?
- What can you depend on to sustain you? How do you feel when it changes?
- What defines you, challenges you, seasons you?
- What do you worry about that you wish you didn’t?