I was shopping at Academy Sports and Outdoors, in a section that I have never shopped in before. After I made my selection, I turned to walk to a more familiar section of the store-the fishing area-and I caught a glimpse of a woman looking toward me with a gentle smile. I believe she could tell that that was the first time that I have ever bought something that was pink and had sparkles or glitter or something on it. I had entered more than a new section of the store, I have entered a new phase of life: grandpa. And grandpa to a little (darling!) girl.
Granted the item was a ball cap with an image of a marlin on it, but still! And then I purchased a child's fold up chair. Pink. Dora the Explorer theme. I hope as she grows up she realizes that life is an adventure to be explored, and that she can enjoy the ride as a woman who loves pink.
Today is her birthday party and I will happily deliver the items though she likely has a bit of growing to do for each, but those items, just like her grandpa, will be waiting for her next step. We will both be taking growth steps, and I will enjoy the moments of listening to herlife.
Listen to Life is a free newsletter about learning and getting more from life by paying attention to our own stories and the stories of others, based on the presentations, writings, photography and workshops by Dion McInnis (www.dionmcinnis.com). Copyright 2011 Dion McInnis. All rights reserved.