Recently, my husband and I went to an NHRA race in Topeka. Our son, Andrew, works for one of the teams. It’s fun to go to the races but it means even more to us to get to spend some time with Andrew.
“MOM!!” Aaron said to me the day before we left, “take this state quarter to Andrew!”
You see, Aaron collects state quarters. He keeps every state quarter that he finds and stashes them away in a tin box in his desk drawer. He loves his state quarters! So, to offer one to someone else is indeed a gift from his heart. He sent one to his sister for her birthday in June, and now wanted us to take one to his brother.
The quarter he chose was dingy, but to Aaron it was a gift of gold.
Then to top it off, he brought me another gift to give Andrew. He chose this gift from his new bag of bubble gum, bought just a few days earlier.
On our first night in Topeka, as we waited on our dinner, I gave Andrew his special gifts from Aaron. Such a sweet moment, and the look on Andrew’s face was priceless.
Aaron loves to share…to give things to people.
Sometimes when he and I are watching a show at night, and he’s snacking on nuts or something else, I’ll suddenly have a piece of whatever he’s eating land on my lap. He throws me pieces of his food like I’m an animal at the zoo that he’s feeding! 😊 😊
Let me share with you some of Aaron’s sharing with us. I think your heart will be as touched as ours is.
Aaron laid these on my leg one day. It was better than having them thrown at me!
Another time, I found these on the coaster where he knows I put my drink at night.
And he left two of his very special rocks on my pillow one night.
Distance is no deterrent to Aaron. He wanted to share some of his new Jolly Ranchers with Andrea and Kyle in Texas, and with Andrew in Indiana. We bagged and boxed them up, and in the mail they went. The postage cost more than the whole bag of candy, yet Aaron’s joy was well worth the money.
But Aaron shares more than just items like candy and quarters and rocks.
Aaron shares huge smiles.
He shares his amazing discoveries.
Aaron shares joy in the simplest things.
Aaron also shares words and actions and attitudes that can aggravate and anger us. It’s all a part of the intricate way that his brain is wired.
It’s up to me and to Gary to keep instructing Aaron…keep loving Aaron…and keep our emotions in check during the rough times.
We don’t always do it well or with grace.
But every day is a new day.
Every day, God’s mercies are new.
Every day, we all have some hard times.
Every day, we have opportunities to focus on the blessings.
And every day is full of new discoveries and adventures for our son who is still, in so many ways, a child. 💙💙