This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. I’m a couple of days behind but still going! // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is EAT. Go!
// The candles were lit. The table set. Little eyes were eagerly looking through the blinds for the first glimpses of headlights in the driveway.
“He’s here! He’s here! Shhhhhh. Hide!”
Every now and then, we’d play this game. On a day when he least expected it, we’d make a nice supper (which was actually a normal supper, but everything is nicer in candlelight) and surprise daddy with a “HAPPY DADDY PARTY!” Daddy would express his surprise and delight (which he truly was), and we would have an occasion to celebrate.
- Did daddy deserve a party? NO.
- Was it his birthday? NO.
- Was he an egotistical maniac who required praise and adoration from small people? Well, maybe.
- Did he need to be encouraged? DEFINITELY!
The point of the “Happy Daddy Party” was to FIND A REASON TO CELEBRATE! You could make it a “Happy Family Party!” or a “Happy Grandma Party” or even a “Happy Friday Party!”No matter what it's called, value your times together… eating, sharing, connecting. Click To Tweet
Especially when seasons are tough, when the bank account is bleeding, or the boss is grumpy. Everyone needs a party sometimes.
Funny, eh? But it worked.
Moods changed, hearts were lightened, and if only for a moment, the stress would melt away into FAMILY. //
P.S. The bonus of eating by candlelight (which I still try to do as often as possible), is that little eyes don’t look as closely at their food. You can hide LOTS of finely cut veggies in their supper when there’s candlelight!
To read more of 31 Days of Mom Awesomeness, click here.
For more information on the Write 31 Days challenge, check out Christina Hubbard’s site!
I’m also linking up with my Five Minute Friday friends over at Kate Motaung’s site!