Her bedtime ritual has become quite treasured. Each night she chooses the book we will read together before lights go out and the dreams begin dancing in her head.
This night she had chosen a book about a penguin who wanted to fly.
The poor little penguin! Try as he may, he just couldn’t get his wings to lift his feet off the ground. Then the snow plane that he made melted in the afternoon sun, and the balloon he inflated to carry him into the sky popped, sending him crashing to the ground. Then finally, his polar bear friend pushed him down an ice slide, launching him into the sea.
It was there the little penguin realized that he couldn’t fly, but that was ok – because he could swim. He could swim very well!
Daughter: “Mom, why couldn’t the penguin fly?”
Me: “Because God created penguins to swim!”
Daughter: “Oh. Well what did God create me to do?”
Precious Lord, give me the words …
Me: “God created you so that He could love you – and that you can love Him back!”
Daughter: I see a spark light in her eye as she quickly turns to look at me “Oh yea! I knew that!”
Me: “Isn’t that amazing that God loves us so much that He would create us just to love us?!?”
Daughter: nods her head in agreement
In these days of early motherhood, it can become so easy for us mamas to fall into the pit of thinking that our lives have become depleted of meaning – reduced to the monotony of the daily rhetoric.
I’m hanging out over at the blog “Me Too Moments For Moms” today. Come read the rest of An Important Lesson from a Penguin Who Wanted To Fly over there.