So tonight I had this deep thought that I was going to blog about. It’s been rolling around in my head for a while and I had started mentally writing it.
After supper I was craving something a little sweet to finish up the meal. I thought about it for a moment and then knew exactly what I wanted… waffles with peanut butter and homemade maple syrup! In the flash of a taste bud my blog for today was re-directed in a most tasty way.
My in-laws have a hobby that they enjoy, making maple syrup. It’s become quite the process and they’re always smiling when they talk about it. Gavin spent some time with them helping out earlier this year and said how much fun he had with them.
Fortunately for my family and I they love sharing the results of their hobby with us. As I savored the delicious syrup this evening something else sunk in. They freely offer it up to us and take joy in sharing it. They never ask us to pay them for it or anything, they find joy in giving a gift like that. It is a wonderful reminder for me of the value of giving of oneself. The individual who receives the gift is thankful for it while the person who gives it feels the joy of giving a gift. The fact that it is sharing a hobby they enjoy putting time into and it’s an even greater source of joy. In thinking about this it makes me pause, think about what I enjoy doing and creating and consider ways I could share that and make a gift of that hobby.
Yet again, another lesson to learn and remember from my in-laws. I’m so thankful for them, what they have taught me through the past almost 20 years, AND the delicious fruits of their hobbies!