I buy donuts. I started a tradition on the kids birthdays when they were small I would run to my local donut shop, and get donuts and they would be so happy, because that is the only time I ever bought them.
I will go this morning.
When Elliot was little and I would take him with me to pick out what kind he wanted, he asked me once, "How come you don't visit your donut shop more?" Puzzled I looked down at him, it dawned on me. There on the sign was " Mom's Donut Shop." I still hear his little voice in my head and I am sure I will hear it today as well.
At Mom's doughnut shop, it is owned by a very, very sweet couple who originally came from Cambodia. When I first started going, they only knew a little bit of English and now they are just like me, they had babies when I was having babies and now their babies are all grown up like me. They also have a Chinese food restaurant in the afternoon that makes the best Kung Pao chicken you ever tasted. But I digress
I told Elliot, " it was a lot more fun when I got to take him shopping for his birthday to buy Batman, and Storm Troopers and Halo toys. Couldn't I just take him shopping for action figures today? Maybe some Legos?"
He said, " No, Mom, I really need an office chair." Last year, he wanted a printer. So, I will do what I do best, I will feed him.
When I was going to have him, and Ron was taking the other children to Grandma's house, I asked his older brother who was four, what we should name him if it was a boy. He promptly said, " Moses, because he liked that name." I laughed and said, okay we will see. Elliot was almost born in the shower, at home, so maybe I should have named him Moses. Because I almost drew him out of the water. I always think of that too. It was a Tuesday like today, Twenty two years ago. My fifth baby. He is still as sweet as a man as he was as a baby. Being the fifth, he had to put up with lots. Like older brothers lowering him out the second story window with a rope tied around his waist to get sodas at quiet time, and then being pulled up by the same rope. If neighbor next door had not told me, I doubt if I would have ever known.
Well, should go get those donuts, and get the birthday cake made. Thank you for letting me reminiscence today.
I have been given the world, and with each birthday, I am reminded of the incredible blessings I have been privileged to have been given.
Sorry about that ground hog, and that six weeks of winter thing. The pear trees across the road are starting to bloom. I am not happy about it at all.
My verse for today, Twenty- two years ago.
" Waiting patiently is almost impossible
unless we also are learning at the same time to
find joy in the Lord, commit everything to Him,
trust Him, and be quiet.
---Loneliness, pg 133