Friday, June 1, 2007

Something Different

Today I did something I never thought I'd do: I found myself trudging up the hill I live on, carrying a snowman. A nearly four-foot high, complete with light bulb, snowman. Let's rewind here ... I went to a garage sale down the street from me this morning. This house loves to decorate for Christmas and every year, it's a joy to round the bend on the way home and see all the happy decorations, illuminating the yard. Well, now this elderly couple has decided it was time to cut back on decorations, as they do take a lot of work and storage. There was one snowman in particularly that I always looked for in their yard at Christmas and when I saw it for sale today, I knew I had to have it. I have always wanted a snowman for our yard (don't ask me why!) but I thought they weren't worth the money. It was a WANT, not a NEED, know what I mean? But today the price was right! Now, getting the little man home ... it would have fit in the back of the Camry but since we just bought the car, I was afraid of scratching the car AND damaging the snowman. So, dh took the car home and I took my snowman home.

I had to chuckle at myself, as I never pictured myself doing this today, or ever for that matter. So, did YOU do anything today that you've never done before? There's your challenge. Let me know!


Cate said...

Now there is a mental picture guaranteed to make me chuckle for the rest of the day :-)


Jenn4Him said...

I am so glad the snowman was there for you to get!

Mama Self said...

Nope, I haven't done anything different today. Just staying busier than I ought...

Actually, I did do something that I would not have dreamed that I'd do: I went on a walk with my four children on a beautiful woody trail behind housing here on base. I'm so caught up in paperwork and friends' illness and church, etc., that I rarely do these incredibly special things with my kids. When Trey invited me after dinner, for some odd reason, I said yes and will never regret it. In fact, knowing what I know now, I would regret it if I don't do this more frequently with them.

This makes me think of Robert Frost: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both...

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

To the children and myself, indeed, it did make all the difference.

Thanks for remembering us in your prayers. Randy's stitches came out today. All is well on the homefront and with Lee in Iraq. Praise the Lord!