Everyone has that moment etched in their mind.
The moment you said, “I do.”
The moment you heard the first cry from your son or daughter.
The moment you found out you were going to have a son or daughter.
The moment your first love broke up with you.
The moment you heard the words, “I’m sorry. It’s cancer.”
The moment your team wins the big game.
The moment your team loses the big game.
Moments that seem like just that; a moment. But the moments link together into memories that leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.
Today, one of those moments happened for me.
Congratulations to my son, Grant Isaac Rodda, on his decision! Love you, son!
We are almost always in a rush to get somewhere. Hurry to the next thing. Get to the next place. Do it quickly because I have a “to-do list” a mile long.
But today is my day off. So I slept in a little later than normal. All the way to 7:15 am. Mostly I slept in a little because of my workout last night. I spent some time with the kids before they headed off to school. And when they were off to school, the house was empty and quiet. A great time to simply take it slow and enjoy the beautiful morning.
When my wife returned from taking the kids to school, we decided to go on a run together. I absolutely love the freedom to go on a quick run with my wife. We don’t get to do that together very often, but it’s so much fun when we can. I guess there’s something special about having a hobby you can share with your favorite person on the planet.
The scenery was beautiful; my wife being the #1 source of scenery attraction for me. I’ll just leave that thought there. =) The sun was bright. The temperature was perfect for a run.
It was simply a fantastic morning! I took it slow and I liked it that way.
I do still have things to accomplish today, but what a great start to the day.
So I want to encourage you to take it slow. Find time today to slow down. Evaluate life a bit. Enjoy those closest to you. Take time to enjoy the weather and sunshine. Don’t just rush through it and take it for granted.
Get out there and slow down!
There are moments in life when words don’t seem to do justice to what is going on around you. Something beautiful or tragic can’t seem to be expressed in the right words. Your brain struggles to find the right language, vocabulary or term. Something about every word that comes to mind just doesn’t seem to fit quite right. Kind of like trying to force the wrong puzzle piece into place.
That’s where I’m at with Ashton’s 8th birthday.
He is unbelievably handsome (I would say cute but he might get upset with me). His eyes can put you in a trance. Stare into them and they keep going deeper and deeper.
He is very smart. This he takes after his mother in for sure. His reading level was tested before 1st grade and he was already reading beyond a 6th grade level. And he is in the gifted program for math. He makes us feel very proud as parents.
He is in touch with his little emotions. He cries at sweet commercials. His heart hurts for people who are getting picked on. He is so compassionate to those around him.
He is energetic. If you ask the question, you might need to prepare for a 30 or 40 minute, dissertation on the topic. Just like the Energizer bunny, he can keep on going.
But these are all a few basic characteristics and words that come to mind. If you get to know him more, words will begin to escape you. The words don’t seem to have been invented yet for the kid we call, Ashton James Rodda. He’s just himself. He is who he is. And boy, do we like him that way.
Happy 8th Birthday, Ashton James Rodda!
I love you, Son!