December 24. Prompt. Everything’s OK: What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright?
And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?
This morning, Katie and I ventured out into the snowy wonderland of Cleveland Heights. I dressed Katie in two pairs of sweat-pants, a long sleeve T-shirt, a sweatshirt, boots, coat, hat and gloves and then we headed out the door. Immediately she asked if she could walk to the playground and boy, did she have a grand time stomping in her boots along the snow covered sidewalk while holding onto her new best friend Scoop (an early Christmas present from Uncle Ben and Aunt Rachel).
Katie grinned and laughed the whole time we were out. She especially enjoyed digging in the snow with Scoop once we reached the playground. She landed on her rear a few times but it didn’t even phase her; she got right back up, giggled and resumed playing. I even taught her how to knock the slush off her gloves by whacking her hands on my pants leg (the alternative was brushing it off on her own pants which would’ve soaked right through to her diaper). On the way home I sang Christmas songs (Deck the Halls, Rudolph The Rednose Reindeer”) and Katie bounced along to the tune while riding along on my shoulders. When we would come to a tree limb, she would sweetly say, “Duck!” and she would duck. It was pure joy, and I knew then (as I do now) that “all is calm/all is bright”
That has particular significance for our family because over the last months things have been sad, intense, and worrisome with Elizabeth’s dad Rick (aka Katie’s Pops) battling tumors in his brain and recovering from the radiation therapy he underwent during Thanksgiving weekend to zap them away. None of us know what the future holds for Rick’s condition, but he is in great spirits and determined to fight it as long as he can. But today and tomorrow and the next day is going to be good. Elizabeth is with her dad. Katie is with her Pops and her Dee-Maw. We are all with one another–with family and loved ones (including Deidre’s son Nate and his wife Vanessa and Deidre’s daughter Alisha and Rick and Deidre’s wonder dogs, Watson and Belle).
We don’t know what is to come a month or two down the road, but for now, life couldn’t be more perfect. Elizabeth, Katie and I here at Pops and Dee-Maw’s for Christmas. Katie playing in the snow. Katie making a gingerbread house with Elizabeth. Katie helping Deidre, Vanessa and Alisha with a Christmas puzzle. Katie asking Nate (who has a small cold) if he is ok every time he coughts or sneezes. Pops recording Twas The Night Before Christmas on a recordable Hallmark book. Attending the 5 pm Childrens’ Christmas Eve Pageant and Worship Service at the local United Church of Christ (where Katie got cranky before it began and where a toddler in a sheep costume scooted across the stage on his rear end). The family laughing at dinner, a feast of salmon, rice, broccoli and sweet potato fries laid out on the table. Adults doubled over watching funny YouTube videos in between the ceremonial stuffing of the Christmas stockings. Setting out cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer. A fire roaring. A 2 and half year old sleeping. The anticipation of opening gifts from those who love us for the unique creations God has created each of us to be. The continued hope and promise of being together on the day and during the season in which we celebrate the birth of Love–unconditional, steadfast, merciful, joyful, peaceful, redemptive.
Yes, my dear friends, for now everything is most definitely ok… everything is alright.