Yep, that's my dog. I love every inch of her. I love all the slobber, hair balls, piles of poop and last but not least, her love. But today's topic is unfortunately not about my dog. It is about the expression that you see in this picture, a 'surprised" expression. This expression is what brings me to my prayer writing today and how I felt about a comment made at our Easter dinner table.
My son brought home a friend from college. Yep, his roommate. He is a good roommate/friend to my son. My son also brought home his dog which is shared with his roommate. I'm not sure what is going to happen with the dog once they graduate from college, but for now, their dog "Lucy" is their loyal companion. She's cute, but four dogs in my house.... well you get the picture, it is quite busy. Lots of slobber, hair balls, piles of poop and of course, four times the love. I don't mind the dog or the my son's roommate visiting, all is well. We don't even think of my son's roommate as a guest, more like family, he blends right in with us. We hope he accepts us as such. Gee, I think my son thinks of him as a brother. Okay, moving on.....
I'd like to think that our Easter was amazing. We had a marshmallow artillery (archery) battle, we hunted Easter Eggs, (and oh yes, my 20 year old son hunted them too with his 20 year old roommate) and we hunted Easter Baskets, and swung at a pinata. We had a huge meal, watched lots of movies and took care of dogs, might I add, four dogs....
Once we gathered around our dinner table, we prayed and gave thanks to our Lord and then we began our tradition which is to go around the table, each taking turns, to tell one thing that we are thankful for and one thing that makes us happy today. We do this routine so everyone will have a chance to share their heart and to keep the conversation moving along and so the conversation does not linger in one direction with one person all the time. We do have some in our family that would hog the entire dinner table conversation all of the time, and all of us know who it is, and so do they, and we really don't mind after all, I guess. There is always lots of good information. This time, at the table however, I asked each person to share one thing that they like about the Easter festivities. Some said the marshmallow fights, the smashing of the pinata or the attempts of smashing the pinata was mentioned as a favorite, and then finding the Easter baskets and the contents of the baskets were also their favorites. We finally reached our guest and I asked him what he thought about everything we had done in the past several days and his comment took me by surprise. He did not mention egg hunting, basket hunting, pinata smashing or the marshmallow fights, but he very thoughtfully mentioned how he thought his favorite part thus far was the fact that all of us came together at the table with the table decorated in the spirit of Easter and shared our thoughts as a family. This was his treasured moment thus far.
When our guest mentioned that 'sharing a meal' at the table was his favorite event, I was stunned. I thought for sure it would have been the marshmallow fight since he was so good at it, but it wasn't. I looked around the table to see the expression of my family. I believe we all had a moment of surprise. I also believe that as he thought our dinner table experience was special, I think my family might have taken it for granted. His comment gave me reason to ponder about what a special blessing we have to be able to gather around the table and to count our blessings. After all, it all started on Holy Thursday with the Last Supper and sharing thoughts and sharing a meal.
God wants us to gather as a family, to share thoughts, to share food. He wants us to form bonds, unity and experience each others day. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday gave way to a new beginning in our attempt to come to know Christ better, a new chance to better ourselves with our relationship with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. With 40 days of reflection, an Easter dinner should be reason to celebrate Christ resurrection and our new life.
My favorite thing that made me happy Easter day was when my son's friends came to celebrate with our family and the fact that my son wanted his friend to celebrate with us. I think my son likes our tradition, our sharing and he wanted someone else to share in our table of thanks.
Thanks son. Thanks roommate. What a wonderful moment of surprise at Easter dinner.