My husband and I arrived home from a viewing, dressed in our ‘Sunday Best’. We were greeted in the garage by our eldest son, Luke, who beamed at us with his big, toothless grin. He proudly held out a five gallon bucket with six tiny fishes that he had just caught during a fishing class.
Outside, the skies were darkening, the wind was blowing, rain was coming, and lightning could be seen in the distance. All Luke wanted to do was put the fishes in his “Secret Fishing Spot.” It’s only a short ride on the trail behind our house, but the thought of carrying a five gallon bucket full of water while trying to avoid lightening strikes made me nervous. I knew we had to make a quick decision. My husband and I knew the fishes would not survive in the bucket until morning. Personally, I didn’t care about the fishes, but I didn’t want to see that excited, toothless grin disappear.
As I walked into the house, I heard my husband suggest we keep the fish in the bathtub for the night. I’m sure the toothless grin got even bigger at that point, but I very quickly volunteered to change my clothes and ride with my son over to the “Secret Fishing Spot.” Luke and I jumped on our bikes, and I balanced the five gallon bucket filled with water and the six fishes. As I was pedaling, I hoped the lightning would subside for just awhile. With the wind blowing the hood from my head, and rain falling on both of us, Mom and The Toothless Grin set out to save the fishes.
There are no photographs to capture the memory – I wish there were – but the excitement of The Toothless Grin is a treasured ‘picture’ I will see forever in my mind. As we pedaled quickly home, the wind and the rain still howling, I heard The Toothless Grin pedaling quickly behind me say, “You’re the best mom in the whole wide world.”
QUESTION: What is one of your favorite ‘pictures’ captured only in your mind?
CHALLENGE: It often takes very little to please our children. Do something small and unexpected for them that will really make their day.
Image from Flickr.com/RichardBH.