Today is the type of day that is best indoors in front of a warm fire, watching old movies, and eating popcorn candy.
In the "olden days" when I was a young mother that is what we looked forward to doing. We got our chores done early and then we would close the drapes, turn off the lights and find a good old movie to watch. It was warm and cozy inside. Sometimes, we would lay out a pallet of quilts on the floor and lay on the floor, all cuddled together. That is when I introduced my children to Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sounds of Music and old classics. And that is when they introduced me to some of the newer movies they enjoyed like The Goonies, and The Ghostbusters and others that I have appropriately forgotten the names. Now years later, it is not the movies that I remember but the warmth of the family gathered together and the sounds of laughter and bickering mingle in my mind.
My children have children now and they are making their memories with their children. I loved those years with my children but when in the midst of those years, I did not know how wonderful and precious those years were.
How could I?
I dealt with little problems, you know those little problems that come from little people? Seldom were there any big problems with them other than those I preceived as being problems. You remember the kind...the unmade bed, the flooded bathroom floors, bubble gum on the sheets, wall climbing in the halls and closets that left smudged footprints a few inches from the ceiling and below (this preceeded the development of those indoor rock walls to climb), swinging from the drapes, running naked outside.....need I go on?
Now when my grandchildren do things I say, "oh, go easy on them. They meant no harm." but then!!! Oh, my! It was tragic! How could they be so silly, or so immature. Sometimes, I heard myself saying ridiculous things like, "Stop acting like children." Oh the great one, "Stop being so happy!!!!!"
We find little things that we allow to irritate us and we allow these things to block our contentment. How disappointed I am in my lack of ability to be content!
To be content shows maturity. I strive for contentment.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." [ Deut. 31:6]
1 Thessalonians 4:11
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,