Friday, October 23, 2009

Senior night washing...

Tonight is Senior night for Morgan. This is an annual event held for Seniors during the last home football game. Parents come to the field and walk with their son/daughter to celebrate their accomplishments during high school. Every year for at least the last 8 years it has rained for senior night. And I mean RAIN!!! Typically we dress up for this special occassion. Heals and soggy football fields don't mix. However...I can't wait!

This morning a fellow Senior Mom sent an e-mail that was sooo fitting I felt compelled to share. Every moment is so precious..even if it's raining. We will dry! This will be Morgan's only Senior night and I intend to drink in every soggy moment. The stories we tell down the road will be colorfully enhanced by the rain.

Here's is the e-mail I received:


A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 yards old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, 'Mom let's run through the rain,' she said. 'What?' Mom asked.

'Let's run through the rain!' She repeated. 'No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit,' Mom replied.

This young child wited a minute and repeated: 'Mom, let's run through the rain.' 'We'll get soaked if we do,' Mom said.

'No, we won't, Mom. That not what you said this morning,' the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm. 'This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?'

'Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, 'If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!'

The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

'Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run though the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,' Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cards and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked. They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories. So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and time to every purpose under heaven.


1 comment:

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Well we certainly got "washed" tonight! Seem the good Lord turned it on a little harder just as they announced Morgan's name ... LOL ... we must have needed a good scrubbing, teehee!! I am so thrilled that we were able to be a part of Mo's "special night" ... and yes, the stories will be endless once the photos are exposed!!!! What fun!! You're a fantastic Mom ... I'm very proud of you tonight too!!!