“You can learn a lot from children,” I said to my sister. She nodded.
We were sitting poolside watching my niece and her friends swim and laugh. It was her birthday; she turned twelve. The deceptive sky was dark, gray clouds hovering above us sporadically releasing rain droplets. By the look of things, it was near evening. But it was only three o’clock in the afternoon. The cool breeze caught my hair and swept it in front of my face.
“They’re having so much fun,” I added. She nodded again. This time she added a smile.
I continued to be inspired by the children’s ability to make the most of the day, never once complaining of the weather. This is so unlike me, I thought.
The birthday party turned into a sleepover, of course, and the next day the kids decided that they wanted to return to the pool. Only this time the sun was shining. The perfect day for swimming. We even barbequed chicken and hamburgers. This is how we planned it the previous day, but nature had other plans.
“It feels a million times better today than it did yesterday … it’s amazing how the weather changes like that,” my niece observed aloud. I agreed with her instead of going into an explanation about how in Texas, the weather is notorious for this type of fluctuation.
“Well,” she continued, “Maybe the sun made a bet with the clouds and said, ‘Look, clouds, if you let me shine today, I’ll give you … sixty bucks. It’s my turn today. Yesterday you had the stage.’” At this, I sincerely laughed and considered the beauty in her suggestion. If we just wait a little while—and have fun in the meantime—we might just get what we want.