Having my son, Andy, riding shotgun through life with me has provided many lessons that I might not otherwise have learned, one of these has been that joy often comes in small packages. Right now, we are in our “York Peppermint Patty” stage. Whenever we go to the store, Andy wants a “York,” in his words, “it makes me happy.” Sometimes, we even make a special trip for one peppermint patty (and a Coke Zero)! One piece of candy will make his day, a chocolate that ironically comes in a package of “one.” I have learned that a trip to the grocery store is as much of an excursion for Andy as a trip to San Fran is for me. An hour on the swing is like an amusement park and a new song on ITunes can put a smile on his face as much as an entire concert. I am a “slow learner,” but with Andy by my side as my teacher, I am coming to understand that joy is found in the many small moments throughout the day that simply have to be acknowledged and appreciated. I am learning to capture the magic of the scent of a single rose, the flutter of a butterfly, the small hand of a grandchild, the burning red of my neighbor’s maple trees and a single poem that captures the wisdom of an entire book. Fortunately for me, we move at a slightly slower pace around here. In twenty seven years, I have never been able to get across the concept of “hurry” to Andy…it simply does not compute in his mind….and generally speaking, I am a happier person because of it!
What is your Peppermint Patty delight of the day? Please share!