Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wonderful Day

Dads and daughters share moments that help girls to understand boys, and men to understand women.

One Friday evening Lisa’s dad announced he was going into the forest the next morning in search of morel mushrooms. Planning to begin college soon and hoping to spend as much time with her dad as she could before leaving home, she asked to go along. Delighted by her request, he welcomed her company.

The next day and long before sunrise, dad slipped into Lisa’s room and awakened her. It was important that they be in the forest early, he explained, before other gourmands got there first and picked all of the best mushrooms.

She got ready as quickly as she could and, still half-asleep, stumbled toward the car. On their way to the planned breakfast stop, she looked out her window and saw the sun cresting the horizon, a sight she rarely had the opportunity to enjoy. It gave her a great feeling. It signaled a wonderful day lay ahead. After talking over a hearty country breakfast, they arrived at the forest and trekked in under the canopy of trees in search of mushrooms.

Hours later, they hadn't found a single one. Disappointed, they turned around to walk out of the woods and back to the car. The hike had grown tiresome so the pair decided to stop and rest for a while. Dad chose a log to sit on, one at the top of a hill with a view of a lush meadow below. Birds sang overhead and blades of grass danced in the cool breeze. Dad and daughter sat quietly, unaware of how much time was passing, simply enjoying the natural beauty and sounds that surrounded them.

Lisa breathed in the fresh air. The sun shone through the branches overhead and onto her face. She felt blessed, in a rush to do nothing but sit, and be alone with her dad.

She looked at him and he smiled at her. His eyes reassured her that he loved her and cherished her companionship. He reached out and scratched her back, blew a kiss toward her, and winked. It was, Lisa was convinced, a moment God had given them to enjoy. As the sunrise had predicted earlier that morning, it was indeed a wonderful day.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.

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