March 18, 2010
The Best Day Ever (to some)
8:19 pm cdt
As defined by my husband, "today is the best day of the year:" the beginning of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Yesterday, the father-son bond grew stronger over their first-ever online (key word here - online) completion of Garrett's
bracket. Today, well, tearing up over the 1988 "One Shining Moment" video together set the perfect mood for the
non-stop televised basketball action to follow. Thank goodness school is on Spring Break or there would be a VERY tired Kindergartner
because there 'ain't NO way he is going to miss the KU game tonight!
Hmm, the Championship Game on April 5 seems
so far away...
March 15, 2010
Did you miss your blanket?
10:54 pm cdt
Having been gone for the last several days, my husband enjoyed some snuggle time with our son, while reading a few books
before bedtime. The two caught up on their visiting as well, with Garrett interested in what Dad did at the hotel and while
away. In his own way of relating and understanding, he asked Gerard, "Did you miss your blanket?" Garrett's own
blanket goes with us everywhere: the couch, the basement couch, all hotels, Grandma and Grandpa's house, long car rides. A
night without this treasured cloth would be difficult, if not, impossible.
Gerard reassured him that he was glad
to be home with him and me, as well as to sleep in his own bed. After Gerard shared this story with me, I found myself pondering
on the bigger meaning of the blanket - how an item can become more symbolic and meaningful than its actual worth. To Garrett,
that blanket provides more than just warmth from the chill; it gives him security in the dark, comfort in the unknown,
and reassurance when alone. While I may have outgrown the need for a "blankee," I still need a source of strength
to get me through life's challenging moments or times. Missing a blanket can be hard, but not having a blanket at all would
be even harder.