Today was Mother's Day and it started out like my Sunday Mornings do, Fall to Spring, with my Sunday School class hearing the Bible Story that I hopefully bring to life for these adorable 3 & 4 year olds. Three years ago I saw a need in the storytelling department and, with my extensive theatrical experience, volunteered to be the storyteller. Since I wanted this part of the Sunday School experience to be 'special,' I invented a character known as Grandma Goodstory, made a colorful kind of crazy costume, clipped a flower in the middle of some boa feathers to my head and I was off.
In addition I took it upon myself to draw a minimum of 4 large illustrations to help me keep the children's attention and it works like a charm. Most Sundays it's so quiet you could hear a pin drop and when I review the previous Sunday's story, the children's answers confirm that they're truly engaged.
This has become one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. Just last Sunday one of my sweet little ones looked up at me and said, "I love you, Grandma Goodstory." Talk about heart melting. The surprising bonus is that every Sunday without fail at least one member of the congregation tells me that when they see me in my goofy outfit it just brightens their day! Go figure, or should I say, God figures...out all kinds of ways we'd never think of, He provides opportunities to show His love to others. The others in this case are these sweet little ones who love each story about God's power and Jesus' dying for us on the cross. They also know about what the children and I call the Easter announcement, "Hallelujah! Jesus is alive again!" We all love saying that.
But this particular Sunday is Mother's Day and I was able to share every aspect of it with my children, 38 & 40, their children, my grandchildren, and my wonderful sister, Jill and her children and her granddaughter. The whole "gang" was there including my sister's neighbors. Successfully coordinated, I might add, by my brother-in-law. There were ham sandwiches, potato salad, a green salad, a huge fruit salad, beverages, and a birthday cake for my sister's 60th birthday which was this past Tuesday. Even though it was cold and windy we all had a ball. We always do.
The lives of our grown children and their families is just as hectic and demanding as it was when we were their age, so these get-togethers give us a chance to catch up with them. I am so blessed, my kids married great spouses and their children are happy and healthy. Having them all living in close proximity is the frosting on the cake. What a fabulous day! I couldn't have asked for more.