Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Peanut's Lucky Weekend

(photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/leftlung/)
My nine year old, Peanut, is – aside from his incredible stubbornness – probably one of the happiest, most optimistic people I know. It has become the joke with most people who know him that he cannot tell a story without smiling. His inability to properly enunciate consonants is simply because he never is able to shape his lips in anything other than a big, ol’ Cheshire Cat grin. It is one of many endearing qualities he possesses.

This past weekend was a fun weekend for the boys and me. Our itinerary wasn’t anything particularly out-of-the-ordinary but Peanut must have thought it was something extra special. At lunch, on Sunday, he exclaimed that this weekend was a really lucky weekend. I asked him why he thought the weekend was so lucky and he summed it up by saying, “Well, we had Mom-And-Sons Date Night on Friday and had the best food and waitress ever, then we got to go to PetCo and we bought Hannah (the hamster) a new cage. Then on Saturday we played Blitz (this is our “traditional family card game” that involves a $1 per person ante to play the game) with Grandma and Grandpa F. and Great Grandma S. and I won $6. Then we got to come here, to the China Buffet, for lunch after church.”

We all thought that sounded like a pretty great weekend and what luck he had to have had it.

As we left the Chinese food restaurant, he insisted we all take fortune cookies and read them together. We took them as we walked out and got in the car to go home.

Peanut remarked from the back seat, “Well, guess what, Mom?”

“What’s that?”

“My weekend just got even luckier,” he exclaimed. “My fortune cookie has TWO fortunes in it!”

How lucky is that? It just goes to show us that we are only as lucky as we recognize we are and sometimes it just takes a nine-year old to point it out to us.

Peanut’s Lucky Weekend reminded me of how lucky I am, too.

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