So this happened this evening.
This is what happens when you have an overzealous ice dispenser, a playful puppy, and two littles (and okay, one Mama) to cheer her on.
Daddy was the first to call those pieces of ice that scattered when you were trying to fill a cup “ice mice.” Try with all your might, it was hard to catch those things. In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, “Slippery little suckers.”
And so Sophie found out. It was quite by accident. Our ice dispenser sometimes shoots out one last cube though you and your cup might have moved on. It has been known to land on the floor. Sophie saw something moving and went after it. And after it. And after it. It was funny to watch because sometimes she’d catch it and try to carry it in her mouth and then she’d act surprised and drop it and there it’d go across the floor again.
This. This is why I so needed a puppy.
Laughter has filled this house…..the littles (okay, me too) have been kicking that ice cube all over the place…..and then off she’d go again. She loved trying to catch that ice cube. (or cubes, there might have been more than one–totally by accident. Absolutely.)
Who needs cable or electronics when you’ve got this much fun an ice cube away?
Of course, as with all things, the fun must come to an end…..and we were all exhausted. It’s hard being the life of the party.
Tonight I am thankful for moments like these. Impromptu joy. Unexpected laughter. The exuberance of new life. In the midst of sorting out all kinds of emotions and thoughts that come with living this life, it is a good and holy thing to laugh with my children, to watch them learn and grow with every moment, and to see the light reflected in their eyes and realize that, for a while, the shadows are gone.
Those moments when light and laughter and simple joy chase the shadows into the corners–that’s what I’m most thankful for tonight.
Go play with an ice cube. Love to all.