It's the little things that make life sweet
Published 10:33 pm Wednesday, September 15, 2004
What to write about? The easy thing would be to write about the hurricane that is currently in the Gulf of Mexico. This is what I began thinking as I considered what to write; however, as I continued thinking about it I decided I wanted to do something different.
So, with that let me tell you about my Saturday afternoon. Saturday, Stephanie and I planned to go to Robertsdale and watch the Alabama game with some friends. Lakyn went to the office with me earlier that morning so that I could finish writing my story of the Blue Devil game that occurred the night before. When we got home, somewhere a little after noon, I laid her down for a nap. After draping a blanket gently over her I wound up her mobile so that it would play music as she fell asleep.
Walking into the den, I saw Steph sitting on the couch with the baby monitor next to here. Immediately she said, "Is that an ice cream truck I hear?" In my infinite wisdom, I looked at her with a slight snicker because I knew it was the music coming from the mobile out of the monitor. Again, she asked me so I felt I needed to explain. After a minute or two of debate we found out who was right and I was scrambling through my pockets looking for cash. If I was able to get outside in time, I might just be fast enough to flag the truck down.
Luckily I made it just in time. So, I as stood there waiting my turn trying to decide if I wanted a "Jet Bomb Popsicle" or a "Choco Taco" I noticed all these kids standing around me. About two to three feet taller than the other kids, I couldn't help but to start laughing. Here I am, someone nearing the age of 30 and I am outside thinking I sure am glad I was able to catch the ice cream man.
Thinking back, I still smile. It's amazing that something so simple can make you smile or improve your day. Things like the laugh of your daughter, a smile from a stranger as you pass each other or a cup of hot chocolate on a cold morning seems to make life so sweet. I hope that this column has made you laugh and made your day seem a little brighter. As we are all waiting out the storm and with our families, make sure to notice the simple things. I hope that each of you and your families are safe.
Chuck Bodiford is an Atmore native and publisher of the Advance. He may be reached by calling 368-2123 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org