With only a little over four months to go, my girls are enthusiastically making Christmas gifts. They have lists and plans. Who will get a handmade gift, and who gets store bought. They did not inherit this sense of planning and purpose from me. On second thought, maybe they did. It’s just that I can’t think that far ahead right now. At the moment, I am frantically planning out a school year for six children, three of them high school aged. School starts in…a little over two weeks. So, Christmas? I’ll be ready to think about that in November. Maybe.
Beatrix recently completed her first gift, and first ever large scale knitting project. She’s a little impatient, and tried her hardest to convince me that she didn’t need to use up her entire ball of yarn on this scarf. She really just wanted to be done. “It’s plenty long,” she’d tell me, wrapping it around her neck and tying it in a knot. “But Beatrix,” I’d say, “You aren’t the one who will be wearing it. Daddy will, and he’s a little bit taller than you.” Larkspur and I contributed a few rows here and there to help the scarf grow more quickly until Bea was finally able to bind off, all by herself.
Last week, in the spirit of all this new independence, Beatrix received her very own library card. She practiced for the big moment in the days beforehand, writing her name as neatly as she could. When the time came, and the librarian passed her the shiny new card, she ever so carefully penned her autograph. Then it was time to select her books. Rather than the usual giant stack, she selected only three, telling me that she wanted to be sure that she could keep up with all that she borrowed. When did she get so grown up?
Back at the checkout counter, having scanned Bea’s new card and her books, the librarian told her, “Have a nice day!” To which Bea replied, “I will.” The librarian and I exchanged smiles and I decided that rather than telling Bea that she should have said either, “Thanks,” or “You too,” I might instead try to emulate her overwhelmingly positive outlook.
I have lots of plans for today, one of which is to simply have a nice day. With the right attitude, I’m sure I can do it.