Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thoughts on Celebrations
Our family started a mini-tradition a few years ago. When we went out to eat, if one of our kids wanted to order something special in addition to dinner (like an Italian soda or dessert)I would say something such as, "I don't know...that sounds like something you could order if we were celebrating something...are we celebrating something?" Then they would have to think of something quickly that we could be celebrating.
The game got to be quite funny as the suggestions got more outlandish. The amazing thing was that we always found something to celebrate. Celebration can be found in every moment of every day.
When Kellen was a baby he went to an early intervention center for physical therapy in order to help him with his low-muscle tone. The therapist would work with him on exercises to help him learn to hold his head up, sit upright, or walk. The therapy was helpful for him and for us as his parents, as we watched in order to learn how to work with him at home. It seemed to take forever for Kellen to achieve these milestones and the the thing that used to get to me was when he finally did, the therapist would smile or briefly clap for him...and then move on to another exercise. There was always another milestone to focus on...it seemed there was no time given to celebration. We worked months on some of these tasks...where was the party?...the glimmering medal?...the circus parade? Life is hard, make sure to take the time to celebrate.
Lastly, "Celebrate love. It is the breath of your existence and the best of all reasons for living."