The March Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by Two Writing Teachers .
I got home from work yesterday later than expected, and more tired than ever. Hauling my ever-on-hand book bags with their ever-present contents of writing folders, reading journals, and random papers to be corrected, I made my way slowly to the back door. I envisioned my dog, Sophie, on the other side of that door – bursting with excitement about her afternoon walk. She’d be just as full of energy and I was depleted of it. Sigh.
Then the door was flung open, and Sophie bounded out. Standing in the doorway was a wonderful sight – my son Ben! In my gloom and doom of end of the day weariness, I had forgotten that he would be home for a bit – just long enough to pick up his car for a weekend trip to Washington DC to visit his girlfriend, the lovely Fiona. I was enveloped in the standard issue Ben hug – warm, joyous, and enthusiastic. My weariness vanished instantly.
Soon, we were in the kitchen and sharing news over cups of hot tea. I relished the time spent listening to his stories of life in Brooklyn and his college, hearing his laugh ring through the house, watching Sophie sit contentedly at his feet. It is a lucky break, really, that all three of our kids live close enough to stop by now and then. Two of them will probably leave the area when they graduate from college, and our oldest’s work may well soon take her to other parts of the country…or some other country entirely. So, I reveled in the moment and made the most of it.
Then, Ben picked up his hat…his trusty vintage Boy Scout hat…
slung his backpack over his shoulder….
and drove off to Brooklyn. It was short. It was sweet. It was wonderful.
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh