When was the last time you had a celebration that wasn’t planned out, a holiday or a birthday? You know…a spontaneous, spur of the moment celebration? Those moments when your child that struggles with spelling got an A on a spelling test, or you got a surprise promotion at work. Those moments when you do something that you couldn’t think you couldn’t be done, running a half marathon, being accepted into graduate school, or surviving a week of you know what at work!
I love a reason to celebrate! We live in a negative world. It’s so easy to focus on all that is wrong instead of seeing the good that happens in front of us every day.
Evidently my love of celebrating has rubbed off on my kids. Nora (who has had difficulty learning to spell) came up with her own form of celebration this last summer….Cat Day. (By the way I happened to see on Facebook that today is national cat day…who would have guessed that when I came up with today’s topic over a month ago?!)
Cat was one of the few words she knew how to spell correctly and because she loves our 4 farm cats she invented Cat Day. Cat Day is when we have to pet ALL of the cats, give them treats, have cake (just us, not the cats) and eat the cake on a blanket on the living room floor while watching a movie. Nora has taken it upon herself to find special days on the calendar and labels them CAT.
Now I’m sure of you are thinking, you seriously celebrate Cat Day…are you nuts? Maybe! However, I go along with Cat Day celebrations for a few reasons. First, my kids are growing up before my eyes. Not only will Cat Day be disappearing because they will grow out of it, but when it does, we’ll be in a complete different season of life and this one will be over. Second, if you have been around and saw the struggle we have had with spelling, you would understand how excited we are that she is not only wanting to spell and write on her own, but that she is starting to have a better grasp on correct spelling. (Which deserves a celebration all on it’s own.) Finally, I want to be a mom that intentionally prioritizes her children over things that can wait until tomorrow (and really…who doesn’t want to watch a fun movie and eat cake?).
Maybe Cat Day isn’t your thing… but what could you be celebrating? A spouse’s sobriety? A soldier’s return from duty? The possibilities are endless, find something positive that you can give thanks for, you may find yourself becoming more positive and being a light to those around you!
What (and when) do you celebrate?
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