THE OTHER DAY, MY EIGHTEEN-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER CAME WITH ME on a few errands with the idea that she and I would pick out new thermal coffee mugs. We are pretty serious about our hot drinks (it’s the little things!). We both were in need of a good, hearty to-go mug, especially one that will keep our drink hot for hours!! Recently, a friend of ours went on and on about how much she loved her travel mug from Target, so I thought I’d just go pick up one for myself — pretty simple.
Well….I think we spent about twenty minutes looking at ALL THEIR MUGS!! There were so many different kinds and we were opening and closing them, working their little gadgets, (yes, they have gadgets–go see for yourself!), and just trying to get an idea of how our experience would be to drink from one, (well, that last part may have been more, me, actually).
At one point, my daughter got the giggles, probably because we were being so silly and I probably looked ridiculous, at least maybe from the viewpoint of the red-shirted, tan-pant-wearing employees walking by (there seemed to be a lot of them that day). I burst out laughing too and we had a good belly laugh right there in the hot mug aisle in Target.
We were narrowing down our choices when I remembered I had a Starbucks gift card from last Christmas that I was saving for this very purpose. So, after all of that, we exited the mug aisle and walked to the front of the store where there is a Starbucks. We both found we liked the same travel mug. But, when I asked the cashier to check the balance on my gift card, I found that I had the wrong one that was a lesser amount. So, after all of that, we left Target with no mugs, however, I’m pretty sure I picked up some chocolate. 😉
A few days later, we went to Walmart and just happened to walk by their travel mug section. I think there may have been a flashing neon sign over that aisle, I don’t know. We both got the fancy idea to look at these mugs. Now we were much more educated on selecting one. Since we both really like the Starbucks ones that we can get for free with my gift card, we decided to just get one to share to hold us over.
Well, lo and behold, I saw a pretty, purple-y one and went to point at it and knocked it over, then the sleeve from my thick winter coat simultaneously knocked another one over and I think my purse knocked another one over. They were set up so close together, I seriously thought for a split-second that we were going to see and hear “domino” mugs happening all over the aisle! This caused me and my daughter to burst out and double over in laughter, even more so this time!! It was fun — just simple, ordinary moments turned into the gift of a good belly laugh.
Hey, life is heavy enough! I’m so thankful for these unexpected, light-hearted moments that lift up our tired-out hearts.
Thank you, God, for the wonderful gift of laughter.
He knows it’s good medicine. 🙂
“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Enjoy all the little things in your day, and maybe you too will find unexpected laughter.