The little things in life are what can lead to the big things in life. Depending on who you are and what you want out of life will probably determine your idea of what the little and the big things in life really are. Today, for me, those little things were coffee with a friend and a six year old's pair of socks.
I met a former co-worker for coffee this morning to catch up on each other's lives as well as the goings-on in my old office. My daughter colored her pictures very quietly at the table next to us while we chatted away like old hens for over two hours. Elle was on her best behavior and barely made a peep to interrupt the grown-ups, except to show us her beautiful drawings. My friend, Sandy, complimented me on how well-behaved my daughter was and how I was doing such a great job with her. To any parent, hearing such a thing makes us gush inside. Thanks, Sandy.
Oh, and I can't forget to thank Sandy for inviting me on a 3-DAY, 2-NIGHT VACATION PACKAGE TO AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION ON SOME LUSH, TROPICAL ISLAND LOCATED OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THAT IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY FERRY BOAT!
Gaaaaah - how did this happen?!?!?! Who knows, who cares. I'm going on a vacation to an unknown destination on some lush, tropical island located off the coast of Southwest Florida that is only accessible by ferry boat! (and the only reason I call the destination "unknown" is because she simply can't remember the name of the island.)
Coffee = Free Vacation!
It took me a few hours to recover from that news, which was just as well because I had to bring myself back down to earth and prepare to spend the next few hours with a room full of screaming children at a birthday party. I'm not much of a social butterfly. In fact, I prefer to not have to socialize at all. But the birthday girl is such a sweetheart and her family is wonderful and my daughter just loves her. So, yes, I was a little excited. And it was at Pump It Up! Elle had never been there before but was squealing with all kinds of happy when she learned it was a place full of bounce houses and blow-up slides. There's no better way to wear out kids then to let them run, jump, bounce, and laugh for two hours.
After watching the kids play for about a half hour, I wanted to try. I never had a bounce house on my birthday and I never got a mega-slide, either. I'm thirty-two years old and I wanted to play in the bounce house! The birthday girl's mom told me that she had an extra pair of socks just in case someone forget theirs. Like, one of the kids. But I asked her if I could borrow her six-year-old daughter's socks. She said...yes!
Have you ever gone down the mega-slide? Better yet, have you ever gone down the mega-slide with little girls holding onto your arms and dragging you down while flopping all over each other's limbs and giggling like...well, little girls? It is SO MUCH FUN!
Socks = Fun With Your Kid! (and other people's kids, too!)
I need to start paying attention to the little things again.