Life’s supply of lessons seems endless, even when those lessons come in the form of a simple candy display. I ran into a grocery store today to swoop in and pick up a container of almond milk. The store was decorated for a fall, and off to one side of the entrance, there was a display of bags of Halloween candy stacked up in a grocery cart. As I got closer, I saw that there were “paid” stickers on the bags of candy, and a sign reading “Candy for the troops.”
My immediate thought was, oh how sweet … then I remembered … my wonderful son is one of those troop members. My heart caught in my chest when I realized I was on a different end of that display now. For a second, I wondered how I had arrived in this alternate universe … but then it came rushing back to me. It seems like just a blink ago my kids were trick or treating, and now that little boy with the sweet smile wears camouflage all year long, not just on October 31st.
I had my mom moment of missing him, and then I decided to make this a teachable moment for myself. This was something I could do right here, right now. It was a small gesture, but small can be powerful. I grabbed my almond milk, and then placed three bags of candy (and a whole lot of love) into the bin.