Growing up the oldest of four, hard work came before fun. Always. There were little brothers to chase, dishes to do, and I edited my mother’s writing.
Lots of rules to follow.
Having fun sometimes seemed like a no-no.
Last week I went to Mother’s house so we could edit each other’s devotionals for Daily Guideposts. She surprised me with homemade fudge. She and my sister Jennifer made The Best Fudge. (Here’s their recipe. It’s GF.)
I put a piece of sweetness in my mouth. Let it melt on my tongue. “Your fudge is…”
“Pretty wonderful, isn’t it?”
Our work forgotten, we just sat and talked.
“I’ve started wearing aprons again,” she said.
“Here’s my kitty-cat one.”
“Jennifer gave me this one.”
I loved what was happening.
We’d never played before work.
It felt amazing!
Like we were actresses on a movie set!
“Women wore this kind in the fifties,” she said.
Who could see this and not laugh?
“Oh, we need to run to the post office,” she said. “And let’s eat lunch out.”
“Now? Before we work?”
“Sure, why not?”
When we got to the post office, she insisted we take a selfie.
Our first mother/daughter selfie.
“You know, people are staring,” I said.
Later, in her office, we laughed while we worked, making our task a joy.
The next morning, I wanted to keep the memory alive, so I broke the rules (again!) and had fudge for breakfast!
Something I’d never done.
“Yesterday was so much fun,” I said.
“Yeah, sometimes we think fun has to be a trip to Disney World.”
“I know. We even broke the ‘work before play’ rule, didn’t we?”
“We sure did.”
“Mother, what’s your definition of fun?”
“Fun means doing simple things in life with someone you love.”
My word for 2015.
What simple ways do you have fun? How’re you doing on your word for the year?