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Have ever had one of those moments in a store when you weren’t looking for anything in particular but an idea exploded in your mind and a massive smile erupted all over your face? My bride and I were wandering through the Halloween costume department. It was my job to drive the shopping cart and navigate through the crowded aisles.
Costumes, accessories and decorations hung from hooks and lined the shelves. But, my new granddaughter and 2-year-old grandson came to my mind. That’s when the imitation wigs and beards jumped out at me.
“This would be fun!” I exclaimed. Pulling the long black wig package off of the display, I held it up for my bride to see. “Wouldn’t Eva look hilarious in this?”
“OK, Grandpa,” my bride smirked, “it’s up to you. It might be too big, though.”
“Naw, it’ll look fine. Just a moment of fun will be worth it!” I announced with all of the confidence of a far away displaced Grandfather could muster.
Carefully, we put together a “care package” for our grandchildren. The brown cardboard box was plain and unassuming but the inside gifts would surely brighten up the day of our kids and their children. The post office received the package and posted it for the long 2000 mile journey.
Busy lives have a way of pushing out of our minds expectations that are limited by long delivery dates. Thoughts of the glee that would erupt in the home of our daughter and son-in-law for their kids, our grandchildren, would have to wait for the delivery day. Work, goals and objectives siphoned off my delight and perhaps the biggest surprise was hearing from an email with the picture of our granddaughter in her new wig.
I laughed. I kept on laughing as I shared the picture with my bride. God’s great gift of laughter is a treat!
Together we smiled, pointed out details and marveled at this little life that captures our hearts. She has never had an understandable conversation with either of us. Nevertheless, we love her deeply.
Now, that we can have some fun with a simple costume, the expanding options with our family time are multiplying like an explosion of creativity. I am loving all of it. Each day I am eagerly looking for more of it.
There is a new dimension to life. We enter into the world of make-believe. It is sheer unbridled fun.