family, life, love

Life is Looking Up

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“I didn’t pack my laptop.”  Meaning, “I love you and I’m going to give you my undivided attention.”

“Thank you.”  Meaning, “I love you, too, and I want your undivided attention.”

The hub and I were breezing down the highway heading toward one of our favorite weekend destinations.  Instead of looking down into a computer, iPad or iPhone, I decided to spend our long weekend looking up and out.

Instead of Facebook, I studied my hub’s handsome face sitting across from me at lunch.  His smiling blue eyes sparkling against a backdrop of sparkling blue water.

I looked down the beach at children on a swing set.  Their sandy legs pumping them high as they tried to touch the sky.

Walking back from breakfast I saw a mom pushing a stroller, chatting on the phone while her child stared straight ahead in silence.  I remembered when moms talked to their children on walks, pointing things out along the way, “car”, “doggy”, “truck”.  I wondered what effect it would have on language development.

I noticed an older gentleman standing near the pier.  I wouldn’t have seen him at all if I had been looking down at my phone checking e-mail.  But today I was looking up.  “Good morning”, I shouted.  He asked me if I had gotten any good pictures.  “I hope so”, I answered.  “I’m trying to capture the glistening water.”  We chatted for quite a while.  He told me he lived in town.  Alone.  He told me about all the changes over the years.  He gave me tips on where to get good, fresh food.  I gave him someone to talk to.  I’m glad I didn’t miss it.

On the long drive home I played the alphabet game with my hub.  I looked out at the forests and the farm land.  I praised God for His amazing artistry.  Life is short and I don’t want to miss any more of it.

 

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