Friday’s Fave Five


It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

Though I am writing this on the official first day of summer (Thursday), it has felt like summer here for weeks already. I hope your longest day of the year was a good one! Here are some of the best parts of the last week:

1. Visiting a Bounce House place. There’s a place nearby where one can rent those inflatable bounce house contraptions for kids to play in at carnivals and such. They also have a room on the facility for “open play,” where parents can pay a fee for kids to come in and try several different kinds – a castle, a basketball court, a super slide, etc. My son and daughter-in-law took my grandson, Timothy (age 4) there last Saturday, and he wanted Grandma and Granddad to come, too. It was fun to see him conquer some of the ones he was a bit scared of at first.

2. Father’s Day. We enjoyed time with the family honoring all the dads, especially my husband.

3. Humor. I had gotten my husband a Father’s Day balloon while at the grocery store on Saturday morning, but it started deflating before I even got home. I took it back to the store to exchange it for one that had not been previously inflated, like this one had been. But the girl said she had no more there, they were in the back, and she didn’t look particularly eager to go back and get one. Being hot, tired, and frustrated at that point, I just got a refund. Father’s Day afternoon at lunch, I noticed my husband had amended the Mother’s Day balloon he had gotten me more than a month ago (and which, for some reason, was still good, though it had been purchased at the same place):

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4. Thoughtfulness. Saturday was “one of those days,” with the balloon situation, dropping the newly-purchased eggs on the garage floor (breaking only half of them, thankfully), spilling my lunch down my front, finding out I needed socks at the Bounce House just to walk around and observe, going back home to get some, coming back to find out they sold socks there, and ending the day with a big ugly bug on the bathroom ceiling. I mentioned part of the day’s frustrations on Facebook, and a friend said I sounded like I needed chocolate. She brought me a chocolate bar to church the next day. Besides the chocolate itself, always a soother of ruffled nerves, the thoughtfulness meant a lot to me.

5. A meal and cool breezes. My daughter-in-law, Mittu, had made a lot of food for a lunch play date and had a lot left over since one family couldn’t come. She texted to ask if they could bring the leftovers over for dinner on Wednesday. Sure! Then Timothy wanted to play outside on his little car, but I had been so hot and uncomfortable my last few times outside that I stayed in at first. When I did venture out a bit later, the temperatures were really nice, and the occasional breeze was even cool. A real blessing in the South at this time of year.

Happy Friday!

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7 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. It is wonderful to have such a thoughtful friend who brought you a chocolate bar to church after your particularly frustrating day on Saturday. I love everything I’m hearing about your church. 🙂 I’m glad that Timothy was able to conquer some of his fears at the bounce house place. It sounds as though your son and daughter-in-law work with him the same way our son and daughter-in-law have worked with the girls over the years.

  2. Chocolate is good anytime, but it’s especially needed after ‘a hot mess’ day. Even better is the friend who recognizes that!
    Your adventures with Timothy are always fun to read about.
    Southern summer weather is a bit much for me–I’d appreciate the breezes, too!

  3. yay for thoughtful friends gifting chocolate!
    Hope your next week isn’t quite such a “hot mess” of a week…but that’s kinda funny about the balloon.
    yay for cool breezes on super hot days!
    enjoy the weekend.

  4. Love the amended balloon! Real life is much messier than online life would have us believe. Thankfully our purpose is not to live perfect lives. I imagine you realize your five favs revolve around family and church and friends… and ultimately God. Thanks for sharing those important things with us.

  5. How sensitive and thoughtful of your friend. The balloon idea made me laugh. Just think if you had got the original balloon you would have this fun memory of the remade one. I love how you and your son’s family have so many impromptu dinners together. Glad you had some cool breezes that night.

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