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Dancing through the Rain

My sweet little Anya was having a bad day.  We call it "a bad hair day" around here.  Her friend had come over to play, and ended up playing with her sister instead of her.  She was feeling pretty sad and left out.  I was typing at the computer and trying to get things done, and started to tell her that she just needed to find something else to do.  But I looked up at her tear streaked face and stopped myself.  I did not know what to do.  I did not know how to make it better.  For whatever reason, I got up and grabbed her by the arms.  I am sure she probably thought she was really in trouble. (Or even worse, that her mom was just plain crazy!)  I just spun her in a circle and then I started dancing and spinning her around the room and she was flying, laughing and dancing with me, while I was singing at the top of my lungs off key and very much out of tune!  We danced around the living room, we danced around the kitchen, we danced into my bedroom and back out again.  We danced and we danced!  She fell onto the floor giggling and laughing up at me.  She called me a "really weird mom", but that is OK, I know that I probably am.   But oh my twisted, skipping toes, did we ever have fun!

So, here's the lesson I'd like to share with you today.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain".   Sometimes, we get so caught up in the living of life, that we forget to take a little time to enjoy it.  Sometimes, I am so serious.  I forget how much my children need to dance.  I forget that part of my job as a mother is to take the time to show them that we can make the choice to be happy even when we are sad inside.  It only took five minutes of my time, but she learned to laugh that day.  She skipped outside to play with the other girls.  The tears were gone.  The crying was over.  The storm had ended.  The situation didn't change, but her perspective on what was important altered just enough for her to learn to dance in the rain.  (And maybe, just a little bit around the house too!) 

You never know what you can do until you get up and dance!


Patty Ann is a busy mother, grandmother, and wife. She lives her life in the woods she loves up on the top of a beautiful mountain. She loves music, photography and writing. Most of all she loves her Heavenly Father and enjoys writing about his influence in her life. You can find her on her blog at Pitterle Postings

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