Friday, May 20, 2011

The Smell of Rain

I originally posted this blog in January of 2007. Today, I was saddened to realize that I have not progressed as much as I had hoped. This morning, my son, Micah - who is now 6 years old - graduated from Kindergarten. I saw all of the important parts and was very happy to be there. However, at the post graduation celebration, Micah asked me if I saw one of his friends during the graduation. When I replied 'no', he looked at me and said, "That's because you were playing with your phone. You should really throw that phone away." Emails, text messages, tweets, FB messages. All a whole bunch of things distracting me from the moments that I so desire to live in. The following blog spoke life to me again today. I hope it does the same for you. Grace and peace.

A couple of weeks ago, I started a new tradition with my 2 year old son Micah. We have started waking up on Monday mornings and heading off to Dunkin’ Donuts – just the two of us. We’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now. We turn into the parking lot and Micah begins yelling ‘donuts, donuts!’ As soon as we walk in the door he turns to his left, opens up the cooler and takes out a chocolate milk. I then sit him on the counter and ask him what kind of donuts he wants. The answer is always the same – ‘chocolate.’ After we get our six donut holes and our chocolate milk, I give the bag to Micah and he leads me to our table where we sit and talk about donuts. Sometimes Superman goes with us, sometimes it’s Woody and other times it’s Buzz, but the most important part of the morning for Micah is that we’re together and we’re eating donuts. It’s all about the moment.

Kids are funny people. I’ve always liked kids, but I didn’t really appreciate kids until I started having my own. When you have your own kids, it’s really cool because you finally have someone in your life that has to do what you say and you get to practice counting to three a lot. The most amazing thing about kids though, is just how much you can actually learn from them. If my boys have taught me one thing then they have taught me a thousand things. But one of the things that I love most is that they have taught me (or are teaching me) how to slow down and live in the moment.

This morning I left my home around 6:30 am. It was cold and rainy – a typical January morning in New Orleans. This morning for whatever reason, I was not in a hurry. As I stepped out of my front door, the cool morning air brushed across my face and I felt alive. As I stood on my front porch looking out at my car through the falling rain drops, I was filled with a sense of awe. It was cold as I stood there in that place, but I experienced an overwhelming sense of God’s presence as I realized that today was another day of life, full of opportunities, full of possibilities. I pondered running as quickly as possible to my car or just waiting it out for the rain to stop. I chose to wait. And in that moment, I could smell the rain. I don’t know how to describe that smell to you. All I know is that it was the aroma of life. It was fresh. It was refreshing. It was the moment that I was in. It was the only moment that I was being guaranteed.

On Monday mornings, Micah is so content to eat his donuts. He has no idea that there is more to do that day. As far as he is concerned, it’s just him and his daddy enjoying chocolate milk and chocolate donuts. His finite mind cannot fathom that there would be anything more, anything better than where he is at that precise moment. I hope that one day; I can be just like my boy.

Thank you, Micah. I love you.


fuel52 said...

That's one of many things I wasn't prepared for being a daddy, is all the lessons I'D learn from THEM, not quite the other way around.

Kids are great because they live life without all the baggage and hangups us grownups have picked up along the way. They see life how it was intended to be seen and lived. It's an amazing inspiration to me to watch my kids grow up and see how they handle various situations, through a child's eyes. I'm going to miss every single version of my kids as they grow up. I try to savor every minute I get with them.

Micah is right, we should throw those phones away...or at least learn to put them back in our pockets at the right time. Thanks for the reminder!

Lisa said...

It takes a child to help us see what life is truly about! We should all take the advice of Micah and pay attention to the ones we love. Remember the important things in life and forget about the other stuff so we can experience the love that is in front of us!

LaceyB said...

I read this blog at the most perfect time. I was feeding Vivienne with one hand and wasting time on Facebook on my phone with the other. When I read how Micah called you out, I looked down and my sweet baby Vivienne was staring up at me, eyes wide and a huge grin on her face. I immediately shut off my phone and stared back at her. Technology is a blessing and a curse and it's too easy to get distracted from the important things in life.

Cimbrey said...

I love this thought...Micah sitting with his daddy, not knowing that there was anything else to do that day...No stress, no anxiety or worry, just enjoying the company of his father. Lord, help me to be like Micah every moment.