My son had gone on a school trip to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. When he returned, he excitedly presented me with a little bag. “I got a gift for you Mommy,” he said repeatedly as he jumped up and down. Well, when I looked in the bag and saw the frog, I didn’t know what to say. But, my youngest said it for me, “He has your favorite colors, Mommy.” And sure enough, the frog was green with shades of fall. I contained my laughter and told him I loved my frog (what mother wouldn’t?), and the colors were perfect!
With three sons, our home was often filled with creatures I’d rather only see in the yard (at best). At times, there were frogs, lizards, gerbils, mice, a prairie dog, rabbits (thankfully mostly outside) and dogs. At least the gifted frog was plastic.
This early morning reverie prompted me to think about my favorite gifts over the years. Many, like the frog, brought me laughter. How about yours?
I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions. I’m too much of a dreamer to faithfully keep promises - of more exercise or weight loss or whatever; but, 2016 left me raw and wanting. Did it you? Because of my experience this past year, I am inclined to make my first and only resolution for 2017. Maybe you’d like to join me. It is:
When times get crazy, I will focus on the plastic frog.
Have a Happy New Year’s dear friends, and may we all laugh often and love more.