Lighthearted Luxuries

A few days ago, I was waiting in the front lobby of Nickajack Elementary to pick up Anne from school. Anne’s para-pro wheeled Anne out to meet me, and she was beaming. Anne’s para-pro has a hard job. She is with Anne all day to help her with all of her school tasks… everything from writing to bath-rooming.

“You look so happy today,” I said to her.

“I am! Anne had a great day. She did such good work today. It was a potato chip day!”

Now let me pause to explain… Potato chips are Anne’s absolute favorite food. She will do almost anything for a potato chip. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a video from earlier this summer to prove it :-)

But back to my conversation with Anne’s para-pro…

She continued, “I am so proud of Anne. And I am so excited!

Wow. There are several wonderful points I could make from this interchange… The first is that Anne’s para-pro is an answer to prayer. She feels called to work with special needs kids. She’s going back to school late in her life to get a degree in special education. She even works with special needs kids at her church. She’s older and wiser. She observes and is patient. She is a God-send.

But the second thought I walked away with was how foreign her lighthearted spirit was to me. I don’t experience lightheartedness very often since the accident. Our life is characterized by such hard physical care for Anne… most of the time, our lives seem heavy.

So I consider lightheartedness a luxury. And God gave me this luxury today :)

Canon got braces today, and I decided he didn’t need to go to school after such an ordeal. So, I brought Canon and Kate along with me to ride their bikes while I ran with some friends at the River. We veered off the wide, worn path to explore the narrow, rooty trails. Kate and Canon looked like Mountain Bike experts as they navigated the roots and rocks. And I was in heaven. I love trails. Love. them!

After our run, we decided (spontaneously) to pick up Anne early from school and then we all went out for milk-shakes. (A Milk shake for lunch makes tons of sense when your teeth are hurting from new braces.) We were all in the car, drinking our milkshakes and singing along to the radio when it hit me. I feel lighthearted.

I think God-given luxuries are the best. Don’t you?

6 thoughts on “Lighthearted Luxuries

  1. Susan says:

    That brings a smile to my face. Give miss “sweet, smart, and strong” a big hug from me and get annie-b to give you a hug from me :)


  2. Lucel-Melody Wings says:

    Rich new discoveries of ways-of-being, right smack dab in the middle of the hard. Awesome!

    How neat to rediscover lightheartedness, laughter and spontenaiety….and discovering/uncovering ways to fit those back into your life, as it is, today.


    (Maybe that’s a little bit like listening to/for the quiet that’s underneath the loud/blairing noisey music of life?—–?His small voice? or like listening/looking for something you recognize/that’s familiar, when you’re in a foreign land? Or maybe enjoying old things in new ways. They are there, but we’ve temporarity lost the wave-length and must adjust our dials accordingly.)

    Love and Prayer-songs continue to flow….


  3. God’s not finished with Anne yet! Praise the Lord for Anne having a potato chip day! Kudos to Anne’s para pro for helping you feel lightheartedness! God is working with Anne, you, and the rest of the family to bring more lightheartedness!
    God bless all of you!


  4. Kerry says:

    I love your word “lighthearted”. I am smiling for you. It was a rule breaking run but I enjoyed as well. I love following your adventurous spirit.


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