It's the little things that make life sweet

Published 10:33 pm Wednesday, September 15, 2004

By Staff
Chuck Bodiford
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

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