Bee and Dimples both asked for nice boots for Christmas, and Bee specifically asked to pick out her own. I wrote about this on her birthday, A Truly Happy Birthday, when we realized that knowing her gifts in advance makes her feel calmer and happier.
Last weekend we headed to the mall. We looked for boots in a few stores and at Ross we hit the jackpot, not for boots, but for winter coats. Dimples already had a new coat, and the other girls had fairly cheerfully been wearing hand-me-downs, but they were looking a little shabby. We got coats for all three girls at a great price and left the store with two large shopping bags – this is an important detail.
We continued our pursuit of boots and eventually found them for both girls; then Sunshine decided she might like boots too. Our friend, Emily, got something as well, so we left that store with two more large shopping bags.
As we walked through the mall, Bee sighed and said, “This is just like in the movies – Oh, I’m so happy.” I said, “Do you mean walking through the mall carrying lots of bags?” and she answered, “Yes, it’s what I’ve always dreamed of.”
We laughed, and I hugged her to my side…and yet, I keep thinking about this. Deprivation and dreams can combine to create hopes that are difficult to fulfill. I am happy that Friday was a sweet and good memory for Bee, in fact, I’m thrilled that she enjoyed it so much. It was fun for all of us, but it also feels heavy because the need seems so great.
I have no revelations or amazing words of wisdom; I’m just pondering. I know that only Jesus can fill the greatest need of every heart. Feel free to ponder along with me – and leave a comment with your thoughts.
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Question: Does your child have a dream that seems nearly impossible to fill? Do you?
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