With intention this week, I took notice of the small things in my life that bring me happiness.
Those itty-bitty things that rarely warrant a passing glance in the midst of laundry to be done, lawnmowers growing restless and dogs begging for a walk.
And as I paid attention, one tiny little treasure stood out.
In 2010, my youngest son Zach gave me a small lavender orchid. It was a gift marking a special event – our first Mother’s Day in a new home.
He bought it at our local grocery store. Every May you see these delicate flowers lined up at Krogers, Walgreens and CostCo just waiting to be adopted by dutiful sons and daughters. They boast velvet blooms of rich scarlet, pure white and perfect pink set off by oversized glossy green leaves.
They are a lovely gift but I don’t let myself get too attached. Past experience indicates they’ll likely live 60 to 90 days and then rest eternally as mulch in my garden.
But this tiny delight has been different.
Sitting by my kitchen sink, it has been a daily reminder of how fortunate I am to be his mom. Ours is not the typical mother-son relationship that you might imagine or maybe it is.
I’m the other mom – the second mom. And yet, I’ve never felt like anything but a real mom. His mom.
I’ve managed to keep that little orchid green and healthy for the past 6 years. It should be easier than it is. I’ve learned that it takes more than just shelter, water and food to grow an orchid.
It also takes faith and patience.
Now after 6 years of hopeful watering, filtered sunshine and no small amount of sweet-talk, it’s about to bloom. For only the second time in its young life.
During that same 6 years, raising this once-very-young-and-new-to-me son has been an exercise in faith and patience, too. He has now graduated from high school and will begin his sophomore year this fall at the University of Colorado.
Like that little lavender orchid, Zach has blossomed, too.
Seems that faith, patience and sweet-talk are as good for growing strong young men as they are for growing beautiful orchids.
Until next week, I hope your life is full of joy and gratitude and no small amount of sweet talk to the things that delight you, too.
Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, author and career coach on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities. To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.