My phone rang.
We were scurrying to get us all out the door for our trek across the city.
“I’m sorry to tell you the doctor is sick today, so we need to reschedule your son’s check up for next week.”
Oh. Ok… Our day had been centered around that appointment. Suddenly time opened up. Blue sky and spring’s warmth beckoned us outside. So we piled into the family bike and made our way to a park.
Being one of the first warm Saturdays of the season, the Beijing park was, of course, bustling with crowds of people. We weaved our way along the edge of the swarm gathered round a band strumming their ancient instruments. Willows trees stood like gangly adolescents sprouting fuzz.
Across the moat a kaleidoscope of color caught our eye. We followed the magnetic draw up and over the arched bridge. Then we stood and watched the ribbon banners spin shapes in the air, whirling and twirling to the lively beat booming from a dollied speaker. The space was alive with energy, these people whisking their art in the air.
The always generous and doting aunties of China extended their ribbons to my children. In the spool of images that will form their childhood memories, I hope this is one they remember. The wonder of this.
We continued on, finding rocks that become pirate ships. Then we found a secluded spot, we spread the blanket, and I stretched and laid down. And the kids took that as their cue to do the same … on top of me.
The peace in my heart was contagious to them. We snuggled and sighed, all three of them astonishingly quiet. A bird stayed perched, guarding over us. The sky was veiled in the lace of bamboo leaves and spindly evergreen needles dotted with pine cones.
We passed sandwiches and crunched apples, nothing special.
I was positioned just so, facing the bamboo, eyes to the sky, I didn’t know until we got up to leave that six people had been sitting nearby intently observing our intimate family time. I chuckled at this.
The outing ended with a screaming tantrum from the kid that didn’t want to go back home. It was, after all, an ordinary day. This time though I didn’t clench my jaw. I breathed steady and calm.
What made the day special was the state of my heart. I had slowed myself. I tuned into the beauty. I gave thanks, refusing to complain, only to praise.
Later that day, I went through the routine of evening dishes, plates clanking, water trickling. Instead of letting my mind go to the frets of the future, the list of to-do, the unfixed issues of our life, it went instead to this:
“I have God’s more-than-enough, joy in one ordinary day.”
(Psalm 4:7 MSG)
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