There are good and happy sounds. It’s the week of Thanksgiving here in America. My school district gave our county the whole week off! What! Says all the parents. So you can imagine the level of noise in my home.
We’ve had a couple of play-dates over, more kids more noises. I love the joyful sounds of happy children. They are the good kind of noise, the more, the merrier, although I’ve had to ask them to tone it down at times.
Children’s excited sound, loud laughter, all talking at once, playing hide and seek, brief tantrums and moments of a heated exchange, running around up and down the stairs, raiding the pantry are all happy sounds. Happy sounds are proof of healthy and happy children.
In the fast-changing seasons of life, all one can do is be present.
I’m learning to see the beauty in chaos and crop out good memory from loud and happy sounds. Live in the moment, make memories, and enjoy imperfection.
We can always clean up the mess after the fun is over. We can restore calm after chaos, but we cannot build memories from emptiness. Let the people in your life be, enjoy your gift and blessings. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14, NIV.
In the past, when one of our children was sick, I’d have given anything to have them LOL, run up the stairs, and even taunt their siblings. A loud, strong-willed, energetic child is a healthy and happy child.
Perhaps if we can lay aside our expectations and standards, the child in us might come out to play and make some happy sounds too.
In the spirit of thanksgiving:
I am thankful for happy sounds, restless feet, belly laughs, a raided pantry, silly tantrums, and sibling rivalry, and, most of all, for a healthy, happy family.
None of our lives are perfect, but even in this season, there is love, peace, joy, laughter, good friends, and family. If you search within your heart, there is more reason to be thankful.