A Day In My Life
Just before I head out the door, my wife handed me a piece of paper. She whispered, “Hey, look what our son made for you. He was in his room this afternoon busy creating this.” I opened the paper which turned out to be a home-made card my son made as an advance gift for my birthday. I was speechless. Pretty much I was smiling on my way to work.
My typical day can be very busy. For almost 10 years now, I had worked as a night shift emergency nurse. Sometimes I have nights were I am basically on my feet, going back and forth, juggling several sick and critical patients. After my shift, I bring my son to school, then have breakfast with my wife as we watch our favorite T.V. series such as Walking Dead and Grimm. Around 10 A.M. I go to sleep, wake up by 05:45 P.M., take my coffee, eat a light meal, shower, say a few prayers, then rush back to work.
Off days are for groceries, soccer game, trip to the stores, “restaurant-time” as my son excitedly calls it, play and adventure time, church on Sundays, quick exercise at the gym and lots of catch-up sleep if I can. Oops…almost forgot, it’s also my blogging time.
My life sometimes feel a bit monotonous but I try my best to squeeze in some fun and excitement in it. A few days ago, while heading towards soccer practice, I spotted a vacant lot full of springtime blooms. I stopped the car and we all went down to check out the flowers. They were beautiful. A fleeting gift of nature that only comes once a year.
The rest or shall I say, most of the monotonous cycle is broken by my son’s never-ending joyful surprises, ideas and creativity. Yes, sometimes he can test my patience but most of the time, he melts my heart and that of his mom’s with his thoughtfulness, humor and loving gestures of affection. He is my little sunshine that gives me and my wife rays of inspiration, hope, happiness and lots of reasons to laugh.
Best Birthday Gift In This Lifetime
My happiness is easy. Play and activity time with family, a day at the beach or park, home-made gifts from my son and wife, a delicious meal, a great laugh with friends and family, reading generous comments in my blog posts, witnessing answered wishes and prayers unfold.
As I read the card, I felt a sense of gratitude and joy knowing that my son appreciates the things we shared together. That he has so much love to give to me, his mom and the people around him.
As I unfolded the paper plane and set it up, I imagined and believed that me and family will travel the world in it. That I will have more birthdays ahead so we can discover the many adventures this lifetime has to give. Seemed like a childish wish but isn’t it that for as long as we believe, anything is possible?
To my son and wife, thank you for making me believe that little miracles can happen everyday. That I can overcome the odds, find happiness and peace in the midst of chaos. That I can hope and dream with all my heart. That I can smile, laugh and even shed a few tears and know that you both will always be there for me. You both are my most treasured, priceless gift that God blessed me in this life.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Hope you enjoyed my post for this week’s photo challenge called “A day In My Life.” May we all celebrate tons of happy, memorable birthdays and events this life has to offer.
What’s your most cherished gift in this lifetime?
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