Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"I found a lucky day"

Since things are so busy, I decided to treat my three year old to a mommy-son lunch date today. I want him to know that he's special, and that what he thinks and says is important. So, my goal was to go to Panera to hear what's on his mind.

I felt so blessed to be there with him as the lunch rush came tumbling in. All the folks in their khaki pants with their photo key cards dangling from their belt loops looked like they needed to eat and go. Quickly. I remember that feeling. I remember the photo badge that I was proud to wear for the job that I was so proud to have. And I certainly remember the 1:00 conference call that I needed to be back for because I was leading it.

Today, we were only rushed by my son's desire to eat enough of his sandwich to earn his half of the chocolate cookie we were going to share. As he ate his cookie, he exclaimed with delight "I found a lucky day!!!!". That's what he says when he sees a penny. A long time ago, the connection was made between finding a penny and having good luck. Since then, he doesn't find pennies; he finds lucky days. He climbed onto my lap as he finished the last of his chocolate cookie. I whispered into his ear how much I love him, and how much I enjoy talking to him.

Then he picked up his lucky day and we left to go back to life-as-usual. But, I was the one who felt lucky that I'd taken the time to spend time to focus on what matters: my son.

6 comments:

Alli Gaulin said...

Oh my goodness, you've got me feeling all sentimental now and I wish my sweet little boy was awake so I could give him a hig and tell him how much I love talking to him!

Julie M said...

Go do it anyway!!! I remember growing up and my dad would come in late to say goodnight. I'd wake up just enough to know he was there and to hear him tell me he loves me and how proud of me he was. Every night I go to bed and hug and kiss my sleeping children and tell them how much I love them and how proud I am of them. It's one of my favorite parts of the day.

Picture Perfect said...

What a precious story to both experience and share. He's found a lucky day indeed to have such a sweet and loving mom.

Denise Snyder said...

Oh Julie what a "lucky day" indeed! I do this with Matthew as often as I can - he calls it our lunch "date". Its such special time!

Laura Lynne Photography said...

I love this story Julie - love the "lucky day" :) so sweet.

meggie said...

Oh my gosh, that is the sweetest thing Julie. I love these little moments in life, when you stop and listen, it makes it all so worth it. :)